Summertime means fun in the sun, gatherings with friends and family, and lots of relaxation! Summer is a pretty busy time for many homeowners everywhere, and although it’s anticipated by many of us Ohioans, it also signifies increased water usage, rising temperature changes, and other factors that can cause various plumbing issues. Understanding and addressing these issues allows you to enjoy the season without any unwanted surprises. Luckily, Five Star Columbus Plumbing will be discussing common summer plumbing problems and how to fix them. 

  1. Leaky Faucets: First, let’s address the leaky faucet – the bane of many homeowners. A dripping faucet can waste water and raise your water bill, especially during warmer weather when worn-out washers or faulty seals may cause leaks. To solve the problem, turn off the water supply to the affected faucet and replace the washer or whole faucet if needed. If you’re unsure how to do this, it’s best to enlist the help of a professional plumber.  
  1. Clogged Drains: During summer, there are often more people at home and more gatherings, leading to an increase in the usage of showers, toilets, and kitchen sinks. As a result, clogged drains are a common seasonal problem. You can use drain guards to catch hair and other loose debris to solve this issue. Next, you should avoid pouring grease or oil down the drain, as this will clog your sink and drains. As a form of preventative maintenance, you can periodically flush drains with hot water and vinegar to remove unnecessary buildup. For stubborn clogs, try using a plunger or a plumbing snake to dislodge the blockage. 
  1. Sprinkler System Problems: To keep your lawn green in the summer, you are probably making good use of your sprinkler systems. But sometimes, these systems can have issues like broken heads, clogged nozzles, or leaking pipes. So, it’s important to regularly inspect them for visible damage. You can also clean or replace clogged nozzles and search for leaks. Just remember to leave any significant repairs to the professionals. 
  1. Sewer Line Backup: Your home’s sewer system may suffer during summer storms, resulting in backups. You should be alert for signs of a sewer line problem, such as gurgling sounds, bad smells, or slow drains, as well as toilets or sinks with water backups. Contacting a professional plumber right away if you suspect an issue is critical, as they possess the necessary tools and knowledge to diagnose the problem and complete any necessary repairs. 
  1. Water Heater Troubles: Although hot showers are often associated with colder months, hot water is still definitely necessary in the summer! If you find yourself experiencing lukewarm or no water at all, it could be due to problems with your water heater. The culprits could be sediment buildup, a faulty thermostat, or a malfunctioning heating element. To fix this issue, you can flush the water heater, adjust the thermostat, or replace faulty parts.  

By being proactive and learning about common issues, you can prevent potential plumbing headaches and enjoy a stress-free summer. Just don’t forget to always prioritize safety and seek professional assistance when needed. 

Rest assured; your plumbing system is in good shape and in good hands with Five Star Columbus Plumbing. You can call us today for all of your plumbing concerns at (614) 401-8086, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here