Though it may feel like spring is just beginning to get underway, summer will be here before you know it. Especially here in California, it doesn’t take long for the temperatures to skyrocket. After years of living here, you’re probably accustomed to the spring and summer heat. Unfortunately, the same is not always true for your plumbing.
Hot weather can cause a number of plumbing issues that may result in serious or costly damage, now or down the line. The good news is, if you’re aware of what they are, you can take steps to prevent those issues from happening. So, let’s take a look at some of the most common hot-weather plumbing problems.
1) Clogged Drains
Warm weather is the ideal time for most people to entertain. Family dinners, pool parties, and outdoor cookouts and barbecues are a lot of fun, but they can be tough on your drains. Food scraps and paper products from these events often end up washed down the sink or garbage disposal, which can lead to serious and expensive clogs.
2) Water Leaks
Leaky pipes are not just a cold-weather problem, as many people think. Extra stress from summer water use—for things like the garden hose, sprinklers, or swimming pool—can cause cracks in your pipes or even bursts. The heat can also dry out the ground beneath your home and lead to cracks/leaks in your water main. Even the growth of different tree and plant root systems this time of year can cause water main damage and leaking too.
3) Pipe Damage
Any exposed pipes in your home’s plumbing are vulnerable to sun/UV damage in warm and hot weather. Over time, the sun will weaken these pipes and can eventually cause them to crack, leak, or break. You can help protect exposed pipes from UV damage by insulating them, just as you would for cold weather to prevent freezing.
As the spring and summer go on, if you notice signs of damage to your plumbing, reach out to the specialists at Inland Empire Leak Detection.
We can provide you with free leak detection to determine if you have a leak, the source, and what plumbing problem is causing it. Then, we can use minimally-invasive, cost-effective methods to repair any leaks, so all you have to worry about is getting back out to enjoy the nice weather.
Give us a call at 951-442-5339 to learn more about our leak inspection and repair services today!