plumbing problems grilling blog post june 2021

It may seem like most plumbing problems occur in the winter season when temperatures plummet and the weather gets extreme, but the summer months can bring their fair share of plumbing issues as well. One thing is for sure, there is never a convenient time to experience plumbing problems.

Luckily, most summer plumbing problems can be avoided or remedied with some easy fixes. As always, the technicians at Gilman Heating, Cooling & Plumbing are on hand to provide plumbing service whenever you need it. No project is too big or too small!

1. Flooding

Summer downpours can quickly turn into unexpected flooding problems, especially here in the South. If your home uses a sump pump, make sure it is in good working condition as we enter the summer months to avoid flooding issues in your basement or cellar. The master plumbers at Gilman have the knowledge and expertise to detect, diagnose, and fix a wide range of plumbing problems when it comes to sump pumps. If you’re experiencing sump pump issues or just want to prepare for the summer months, give us a call!

2. Clogged kitchen disposals

Backyard barbeques, fresh produce, and grilling out are just a few of the summer bonuses we get to enjoy now that warmer weather is here! The downside is that all of the hard fruit and vegetable scraps can wreak havoc on your garbage disposal. To avoid any major clogs, make sure you’re tossing things like melon rinds, corncob husks, and greasy foods into the trash and not the disposal. Running cold water for a few seconds before and after using the garbage disposal can also help clear out any remaining bits of food and prevent clogs.

3. Washing machine issues

Summertime fun often comes with extra loads of laundry in the form of sweaty clothing and wet towels. Before placing any extra strain on your machine, make sure the machine’s hoses are in tip-top shape. A Gilman plumbing technician can examine the hoses for leaks, cracks, or bulges that could result in a burst line. If possible, try not to leave the house while the washing machine is running. The amount of damage from a burst line can accumulate quickly if no one is home to address the issue immediately.

4. Sprinkler problems

If you have a sprinkler in your yard, be sure to check it for wear and tear. Sprinkler heads are easy to damage – especially when mowing the grass – and undetectable leaks can lead to a massive water bill! By examining the sprinkler heads and lines before use, you can avoid an expensive utility bill down the road. If you do notice damage to your sprinkler, a local hardware store can provide all the replacement parts you would need to fix it!

5. Clogged drain lines

As the temperature rises in the summer, trees spread their roots under the ground searching for water. Unfortunately, they’ll often go straight to underground pipes or drain lines. Older sewer lines are especially vulnerable since rust and cracks can allow roots to do significant damage. They can also let water from heavy rains seep into the pipes and back up into your toilet or tub. Gilman Heating, Cooling & Plumbing is always on call for these types of stinky emergencies.

Whether it’s an overflowing toilet, a broken pipe, or a clogged drain, plumbing issues can put a damper on the summer fun. It’s important to always address plumbing problems as soon as possible in order to prevent major property damage. The experts at Gilman Heating, Cooling & Plumbing understand how much plumbing problems can disrupt your summer plans. Call us for exceptional plumbing service any time this summer!

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