How Summer Weather Affects Your Plumbing
With summer comes rising heat. As every homeowner knows, summer’s soaring temperatures can be detrimental to our health and our homes in a variety of ways. Few of us consider the plumbing system, though. Yes, extreme heat can absolutely affect your home’s plumbing system. A clogged drain, leaking pipe, or structural damage is just as common during the summer as in the winter. Take precautions to protect your plumbing system today!
During the summer, most of us enjoy getting outdoors and hosting barbecues and backyard cookouts with friends and family. Everyone is having an enjoyable time. The pool is open for business, and the hot dogs are on the grill.
Unfortunately, one of the most common reasons why homeowners call for a plumber during the summer is due to a clogged drain or toilet after a party. With more people frequenting the bathroom in your home, it only makes sense that clogs are more likely to occur.
When your pipes freeze during the winter, leaks are common. However, leaks also occur during the summertime for a variety of reasons, such as high-water pressure or invasive tree roots. Furthermore, your backyard swimming pool, garden hose, and sprinkler system put a lot of pressure on the plumbing. This increased demand means more water flowing through the system.
Tree roots are another likely cause for a leaking pipe. During the summer, trees receive all the sunshine and nutrients they need to grow deep into the ground. These roots then penetrate the sewer and water pipes underground, causing a rupture and allowing water to escape into the soil. As the earth takes on more water, the structural integrity of your home may be weakened.