Common Warm Weather Plumbing Issues
Friday, August 21, 2015 - 9:33am
If you live in a country like Canada that experiences four seasons and fluctuating temperatures, you’re likely to encounter plumbing issues that are specific to the season. During the warm weather months of spring and summer, you will see plumbing issues that you won’t see when the temperatures are cooler. Here are some of the more common warm weather plumbing issues to keep an eye on.
Backed Up Sewer Lines
Summer thunderstorms may be exciting to watch for some, but the accompanying heavy rain can cause sewer line backups that are anything but exciting. Along with the rainwater, a backed up sewer line may end up leaking wastewater into areas of your home or onto your property outside. This will produce unpleasant odours and the risk of health issues caused by bacteria and other organisms. If you notice a sewer line backing up during heavy rain, call your local plumber to report what’s happening.
UV Damage to Exposed Pipes
Not many homeowners consider insulating exposed pipes in the summer, but you may end up having UV damage as the sun beats down on them all day. PVC pipes that are subject to UV rays may discolour and weaken over time. Speak to your plumber if you have exposed pipes that may need warm weather protection.
Clogged Garbage Disposals
A clogged garbage disposal usually requires professional attention, and meat bones or stones from certain fruits that end up getting tossed into the disposal after backyard barbecues can cause the system to clog. Sometimes, running cold water through the system before and after you use it will help to clear away any food items and keep the disposal running smoothly.