Summer brings: humidity, vacations, barbecues, festivals and plumbing problems. Yes, the summer season has its own set of plumbing related problems. Here are the three most common summer plumbing problems and how to solve them.
Clogged or damaged garbage disposal
Who doesn’t like having a cookout or two when the weather is nice? Large parties usually leave a good amount of leftovers and there are some common summer foods that can clog or even harm your garbage disposal unit.
Solution: Watch what you put down your garbage disposal and how much you put down at once. The common summer foods you want to avoid putting down your garbage disposal unit include:
Corn on the cob
Watermelon and other hard fruits
Celery and other fibrous vegetables
Potatoes and other starchy foods (these can expand in water and block your pipes)
lf you use your garbage disposal unit, you need to run cold water for for about 15 seconds after disposing food to rinse it all away. Otherwise, you could leave food to rot and it can stink up your kitchen.
lf you’ve got kids, they’re going to be spending more of their time at home during the summer. That means you’re toilets are going to be used more often and the chances of a clog happening are much higher, especially if they use too much toilet paper.
Solution: If your toilet gets clogged, use a flange plunger not a cup plunger. A flange plunger is designed to fit snugly into the opening at the bottom of the toilet bowl in order to create the suction you need to loosen the clog. lf you’re unable to unclog the toilet and need help, call Lee Plumbing for help.
Sewer Line Backups
Sewer line backups are more common in summer for two reasons:
Excessive rainwater from summer thunderstorms get into the the sewer pipes via cracks and back up the sewer line.
Tree roots, which grow in the summer after spring rains, creep into your pipes, causing the pipes to crack. Tree roots are drawn toward the sewer line because it’s a source of nutrition.
Solution: Have Lee Plumbing inspect your sewer line pipes. We can let you know if you are susceptible to a sewer line backup problem or if damage has already occurred. This visit can be non-invasive since our plumbers use fiber optic sewer line cameras to look inside your lines and quickly and accurately assess their condition.
Lee Service is a family business that has served the Kenosha and Racine areas for over a quarter century. The spirit and heart of our company is all about doing the job right. Lee Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric is also committed to maintaining your trust and confidence with our team of experienced plumbers. Lee Service is available 24 hours, 7 days a week, to immediately serve you.
To learn more about Lee Service’s offerings, visit our residential plumbing page. To contact us for a non-emergency, contact our team at 262-584-4326.