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3 Easy Ways Homeowners Can Prevent Summer Plumbing Problems

How to Prevent Summer Plumbing Disasters 

Summer is the best time for cookouts, water balloon fights, and pool parties. However, it’s one of the worst times for plumbing problems. Leaks, clogs, and other issues can turn summer fun into summer stress. 

Thankfully, there are many things homeowners can do to prevent plumbing problems from spoiling their fun in the sun. Some of these measures include: 

1. Checking for Pipe Leaks and Cracks – Then Taking Quick Action 

crackHomeowners should always be on the lookout for leaks and cracks. Sometimes, the intense heat can warp plastic, concrete, and other materials, comprising the entire plumbing system. This is especially true for concrete. This material expands when it gets hot outside, putting pressure on the slab and causing cracks. 

When looking for leaks and cracks, homeowners should check the area around: 

  • Outdoor hoses: It’s not uncommon to see hairline cracks around the hose’s base. Homeowners should act quickly if these cracks get bigger over time. Plant matter can lodge inside these cracks, causing further damage. Also, water could eventually escape through the cracks – even when the hose isn’t in use. 
  • Sinks: Sinks are one of the most common places leaks and cracks form. Yet, these leaks and cracks aren’t always visible. Signs of these issues can include poor water pressure, higher-than-average water bills, and mold growth. 
  • Toilets: With proper maintenance, a toilet can last up to 50 years. Chronic leaks, cracks, and clogs can suggest a serious problem. If the toilet flushes, no water should escape the bowl or hookups. If this happens, reach out to a trained professional.

It’s crucial to catch seemingly small plumbing problems before they evolve into large issues. Prompt action can mean the difference between an inconvenience versus an expensive hardship. 

2. Refrain from Pouring Certain Items Down the Drain drain

San Francisco Water Power and Sewer ask that homeowners avoid pouring oil, fat, and grease down the drain. Why? Well: 

  • Over time, these substances can bind together, causing hard-to-remove clogs. The more hot water a homeowner uses, the worse the clog can get. 
  • These substances can travel further into a community’s sewer main and create “fatbergs.” These are giant globs of congealed oil, fat, and grease. This can cause problems for multiple homes throughout multiple communities if not prevented or addressed. 
  • It’s just not sanitary. If these substances make their way into a city’s main water supply, a community’s health could be at risk. 

The City of San Francisco suggests composting leftover oil, grease, and fat. If homeowners don’t compost, they should put these substances into a disposable container and throw them away. Doing so is an important part of clog prevention. 

3. Periodically Flush Drains 

When faced with a clog, a homeowner asks: “How did this happen?” Preventing clogs is more than pouring oil in the trash and checking for other obstructions; it's about flushing the drain every once in a while. 

Homeowners can do this by: 

  • Running warm water down the sink: Homeowners with PVC pipes shouldn’t pour boiling water down the drain. This could damage the sink’s pipes. 
  • Pouring a solution of baking soda and vinegar down the drain: This harmless solution cleans the pipes and prevents mold and clogs from forming. 

Homeowners should avoid using over-the-counter chemicals to flush their drains. Even though millions of people rely on these products, they shouldn’t. The corrosive nature of these chemicals can cause more harm to the plumbing system than good. 

About Magic Plumbing 

Magic Plumbing has over 40 years of experience serving the community of San Francisco, CA, and the surrounding areas. They provide prompt service, convenient scheduling, and 24/7 live answers. Call them today for plumbing services in San Francisco, CA.