It is common knowledge that freezing cold temperatures can have an impact on your plumbing system, but did you know that warmer temperatures, summer heat, and droughts could also affect it just as much? In this guide, we’ll take a look at the impact of summer on your plumbing system and some ways to prevent major problems.
Common Causes of Plumbing Issues in Summer
Some of the most common plumbing issues in summer include:
Hot, Dry Conditions
When the temperatures soar outside, the soil starts to expand. In turn, this may result in the ground moving and shifting your home’s foundation. This can also happen in dry, hot conditions where the lack of water results in the ground cracking and affecting your pipes. These situations will result in pipe bursts or damage that may require professional emergency plumbing to resolve the issue.
Tree roots can have a severe impact on plumbing systems, so they must be dealt with as quickly as possible to prevent major catastrophes later. In hot weather, tree roots are looking for water and moisture, which is why they may start reaching for the moisture into your plumbing pipes. Again, this will result in pipes cracking and bursting. It is always good to have your water lines placed away from your trees or any vegetation if possible. From time to time, you may need a professional plumber to video inspect and clean your pipes as well.
Overuse or Flushing Unnecessary Items Down the Toilet
During summers, the kids are on summer vacation, so they are home more than usual. This may result in toilet overuse, which can cause clogs. Another factor to consider is that kids (or sometimes even adults) can flush items like nappies, baby wipes, and other items down the toilet that can lead to severe clogging. Try to remind everyone in the family to avoid flushing anything other than toilet paper.