Posted on 7/31/2013

Your home’s plumbing gets a significant workout during the summer. With more family members at home and plenty of holidays to celebrate, you may not be thinking about how your plumbing will cope with the summer. Watching for signs of common summer plumbing issues will keep you one step ahead of any problem.

Daughter Helping Mother To Mop Up Leaking Sink

Sewer Backups
Heavy rain from summer storms can cause sewer backups if drainage lines cannot handle excess water. If you smell a foul odor coming from your home’s toilets, tubs, or sinks, don’t use them. Call a plumber to report sewer trouble to prevent further backup and damage. If raw sewage begins overflowing into your home, don’t try to clean it up yourself. Sewage poses a significant health risk, and should only be handled by a professional.

Clogged Disposal
Summertime parties and holiday get-togethers involve plenty of delicious food, some of which inevitably goes to waste. Your disposal is not meant to handle all types of food waste, so avoid putting animal bones, fruit rinds, and corn cobs down the drain. If you notice an odor coming from your disposal or suspect it may be getting clogged, take a few moments to perform some maintenance. If you’re having trouble with a clogged sink or malfunctioning disposal, call a plumber for help.

Washing Machine Leaks
More frequent loads of laundry can increase the risk of a washing machine leak. If you have a rubber hose connecting your washer to your water supply, check it regularly for signs of wear. This hose should be replaced every three to five years. A braided metal hose will last even longer and reduce the risk of leaks. Avoid doing laundry when you aren’t home, and use the water settings on your washer to avoid using excess water, which can cause leaks or puddles.

Keep your plumbing trouble-free this summer with the help of Arrow Plumbing, Inc. We are on call 24/7 to help you with plumbing repair and maintenance in Libertyville. Call (888) 349-8161 or click on our web contact form to reach one of our plumbers today.