The summer months are the prime time of year for a number of different things. Whether you and the family are packing up to finally take that long overdue vacation, you are looking to tackle some projects around the house, or you are looking to cash in on a little bit time to relax and enjoy the warmer weather, the summer has wide variety of different activities to keep you occupied. With so much on your plate, many homeowners tend to forget about some of the areas of your home that are either at risk during the summer, or require special maintenance of some kind in order to ride out the season apart from your home’s landscaping.
While most homeowners think this would be referring to your roof, siding, and more likely your air conditioning system, the drainage and sewer systems of your home have their own fair share of risks and issues that tend to develop more often in the summer, and if you don’t stay on top of them, you can wind up with serious damage to your home. In an effort to help you keep your home protected this summer, and to know what you should be on the lookout for, our team of drain cleaning professionals have taken the time to put together this short list. This list is highlighting a few of the more common drainage and sewer issues that tend to spring up during the summer months, and what you can do to help correct and prevent them.
There are a great many homeowners out there who enjoy breaking out the grill during the summer, inviting over some friends and neighbors, and having a good old fashioned backyard cookout. While this is definitely a great way to reconnect with people you haven’t gotten a chance to talk to in a while, or meet new neighbors, it also leads to a higher likelihood of the first issue on this list. With so much extra food being disposed of, it is important to make sure that everyone is on the same page as to what can go down your in-sink disposal, and what has no business being there.
Some homeowners and guests alike think that just because something is organic and has no bones that it is fine to put down the disposal when that isn’t always the case. Certain hard fruits and vegetables, like corn and watermelon, are far to tough or fibrous to be ground up properly, and can actually wind up causing a great deal of damage to the blades of your disposal and leading to extremely stubborn clogs that will likely require a bit of professional help in order to clear out. You are also going to want to avoid pouring any used cooking oils or grease down your disposal as well, as this tends to congeal when exposed to hot water, forming extremely stubborn clogs that can be quite difficult to remove.
Sewer Line Backups
While the warmer weather of summer is great for spending time outdoors and enjoying the sun, it usually means that we can expect our fair share of rain at times as well. While most homeowners expect this from time to time, if that water is able to find its way into your sewer lines, whether through cracks or gaps, you can have a serious problem on your hands. All of that excess water can actually cause your sewer lines to start backing up into your home, and that can lead to a lot of trouble depending on when you catch the issue and how much water you have coming into your home. Tree roots can also cause this problem as they have a tendency to grow into your sewer lines, forming blockages that are very difficult to remove. Whatever the cause might be, you are going to want to make sure you have a professional come in right away and sort the issue out.
With the kids and their friends out of school during the summer and spending more time around the house, your toilets are likely going to be seeing a bit more use over the course of the average day, and while this in itself usually isn’t enough to cause clogs to form, it can be an issue if everyone isn’t on the same page as to what can and can’t be safely flushed, and how much toilet paper is a responsible amount to use when going to the bathroom. While most clogs can be taken care of quite simply with a plunger, some of the more serious drain clogs might require professional help in order to clear away.