The Top 3 Summer Plumbing Problems (and How to Avoid Them)

We often associate plumbing problems with winter – frozen and bursting pipes cause horror stories we will do just about anything to avoid. However, most people don’t realize that summer can present equally expensive problems for your plumbing. Here are the top three summer plumbing problems in Portland – and what you can do to avoid them.

More Fun in the Sun = More Mess in Your Drains

Summer is full swing here in Portland, and we offer some of the best recreational opportunities in the nation. Whether you’re a family full of beach goers or bikers, you’re sure to pick up your fair share of dirt, grime, and sand while enjoying the summer weather. Where do you send your kids to clean up after a hard day of play? We’re guessing that it’s probably your bathtub.

Unfortunately, your drains can’t handle large amounts of dirt and sand. This can lead to build-up over time and an unpleasant clog. Take advantage of the warmer weather and hose off all the excess grime before hitting the showers. This will extend the life of your drainpipes and decrease your need for snaking.

Summer Foods Don’t Belong in Your Drain

As the weather heats up, our eating habits become simpler – we enjoy more seasonal fresh produce and opt for grilling over roasting or baking. However, summer eating can pose some problems for your hard-working garbage disposal.

Fibrous foods such as cornhusks and celery don’t belong in the disposal. Neither do watermelon rinds, banana peels, or artichokes. Instead of using a garbage disposal, consider a composter.

Remind guests and family members that fat and bones do not go into the garbage disposal. Following these tips will extend the life of one of your most hardworking appliances.

Brush Your Pets Often

Warm weather brings shedding season for the family pet. Unfortunately, excess hair can clog your drains. Thoroughly brush your pets and remove excess hair before putting Fido or Spot into the bathtub.

Summer can bring its own plumbing mishaps. By taking these preventive measures, however, you can avoid unnecessary repairs and service.

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