If you are a homeowner, the last thing that you want to happen is for there to be an issue with your pipes. This can result in you not having running water or being forced to turn off your water in order to prevent flooding. Many homeowners know ways of protecting their pipes from bursting or freezing during the winter when the weather is very cold. However, homeowners might not be as aware of issues that hot weather could cause or what the source of the problem is. If you are having problems with your plumbing during the summer and are not sure of the reason, check out these troubleshooting tips to help diagnose your problem.
1. Your Garbage Disposal Gets Consistently Clogged
When summer rolls around, people are going to be more likely to host larger events because they will be able to have people in both their home and their yard outside. This can result in more food waste being generated. You might be putting a lot more strain on your garbage disposal during this time. Ordinarily, this would be okay. However, if you are constantly putting in foods that are designed to retain water, such as rice, pasta, or fibrous vegetables, your garbage disposal is going to have a much harder time breaking these down. To make matters worse, the foods are also going to expand to block your garbage disposal. To deal with this issue, take the time to talk with your family about which foods are appropriate to put down the garbage disposal and which foods are not appropriate.
2. Sewer Line Breakage
The next thing that you might experience is a more frequent occurrence of sewer line breakage. This can be expensive and frustrating to fix. One common reason why this happens when the weather gets warmer is that tree root growth gets stimulated. This can result in the roots growing farther into your sewer lines. In order to deal with this issue, you are going to need to install shields underground to get block the roots from getting too close to your sewer lines and fix any pipes that have already been invaded. The additional rainfall during the spring will also tend to exacerbate this problem.
If you notice either of these problems during the summer, make sure that you look into them and see if the solutions that were suggested above could fix them. If you are not having any luck, contact a company that specializes in plumbing repair.