Common Summer Drain Issues

Even when you properly maintain your plumbing system, plumbing problems can still occur and result in serious issues throughout your home. With swimming pools, sprinklers, cold showers, lawn irrigation, and never-ending loads of laundry from summer activities and hosting guests, you use significantly more water during the summer than any other time of year.

As with any other mechanical system, increasing the demand on your plumbing system makes it work harder, causes more wear and tear, and heightens the likelihood that you will experience an issue.Read on to discover the most common clogs you may confront this summer and what you can do to avoid them.

Most Common Summer Drain Problems 

These areas of your home are most susceptible to clogging during the summertime:

  • Garbage disposals. Cookouts are notorious for fatty, oily, and greasy foods that can cause serious clogs in your garbage disposal. Even if your children know what not to put into the garbage disposals, your guests may not think twice before scraping their plates into the sink. Chicken bones, macaroni salad, potato peels, corn husks, and fruit pits can rapidly create a tough clog in your disposal, which keeps it from operating properly and can lead to the backup of wastewater in your sink. Consider setting up a plastic tub next to your outdoor dining area and asking guests to put their dirty dishes in there instead of heading to the kitchen.
  • Shower drains. Blockages in your shower drain result from a build-up of hair, dirt, and soap that accumulate within your pipes over time. Hotter temperatures and higher humidity mean more frequent showers, and this substantially increases the chance of a blocked drain. If your family enjoys spending time by the beach or lake, they will be rinsing off sand, pebbles, mulch, and other debris from their swimsuits, as well as oil-based products like sunscreen and tanning lotion. Ask your kids and their guests to rinse off outside with a hose or sprinkler before using your shower, and always keep a drain cover in place to catch debris before it can enter your pipes.

We Can Solve Your Plumbing Problems

If you are experiencing any of the problems listed above, contact Columbia Drain right away to schedule a consultation with our team. Our locally owned and operated company provides the area’s best drain cleaning services, with unmatched customer care and affordable prices. We also offer a variety of environmental services, including catch-basin maintenance, oil-water separators, and storm filter maintenance.


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