Common Summer Plumbing Issues (How to Avoid Them)

For most people in Tampa, summer is their favorite season, and for good reason. People go on vacation, kids are home from school, and there’s something to do every weekend. Everyone can’t help but feel good from being more active and soaking up all that vitamin D. Among all the other things that happen during the summer, there are also changes to your Tampa home’s plumbing ecosystem.

Warm months can be hard on your plumbing. The heat and activity put your pipes and fixtures under new and varied strains. The best way to handle these new strains are to be prepared for them. Check out the most common summer plumbing issues – and how to address them – below.

More people in your home leads to more stress on your plumbing system.
During the summer, there are more people at home all at once. Kids are out of school and home more often, and usually less cognizant of plumbing best practices than adults. Pay closer attention to common plumbing problems like: clogged drains, garbage disposal best practices, plumbing fixtures and the like. This attention can help you keep small plumbing problems from getting big in the face of increased summer foot traffic.

Outdoor plumbing fixtures commonly develop rust, cracks, and leaks during off months.
It’s high time you check on your outdoor plumbing fixtures. This includes looking at outdoor faucets for cracks and leaks, your gutters for back-ups, and sprinklers. Sprinklers especially! If you water your lawn or have kids at home, your sprinkler is likely a close friend during the summer. They can cause a lot of waste if they’ve developed unnoticed cracks or leaks during the colder months. Fix them early in the season so you can enjoy them without upping your water bill later on.

Leaks in your swimming pool plumbing system

Leaks in your swimming pools plumbing can be a serious problem — one that damages your property and that costs a lot of money in wasted water. Leaks in your pool’s plumbing can also be a waste of your pool chemicals, as you’ll need to add more to the diluted water still in your pool structure. Leaks should be detected and repaired with the utmost urgency.

Gas or sewer line disturbances due to summer planting.
In Tampa, June, July, August & September are an ideal season for gardening. Whether you’re planting tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, or squash – you have to pay attention to where it’s going. Gas and sewer lines are frequently located in the yard. Know where they are before you dig and make sure you’re not about to cut into any pipes with your shovel.

No matter the time of year, day of the week, or hour of the day, Cass Plumbing of Tampa Bay has your back. Call us when you need help protecting your home’s plumbing in the summer, or any other time of year. We can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all of your plumbing emergencies or plumbing problems at 813-265-9200.