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How Summer Heat can Affect Plumbing

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Summer is a season that most of us eagerly await throughout the year. With the arrival of warm sunlight, long days, and outdoor activities, we all find reasons to be happy and active. However, the increased temperature during summers can also lead to various problems, including plumbing issues in our homes.

Extreme heat can be detrimental to residential plumbing systems, especially those that are old or have worn-out components. Here are some of the common plumbing issues that you may face during summer:

  • Burst or Leaking Pipes: When water flows through pipes, it heats and expands due to high temperatures. If the pipes are already damaged or worn out, the additional pressure caused by the heated water can cause them to burst or leak.
  • Clogged Drains: With the increase in outdoor activities and frequent showers during the summer, the likelihood of hair, soap, and other debris clogging the pipes is much higher. This can cause the drains to back up, leading to unpleasant smells and slow draining sinks.
  • Water Heater Overheating: Just like pipes, water heaters can overheat in high temperatures. An overheated water heater can cause damage to itself and other components in the plumbing system and may lead to the development of leaks.
  • Low Water Pressure: A decrease in water pressure in your home may be due to an issue in the municipal water supply system. During summer, municipal water systems may experience increased demand, leading to a decrease in water pressure in your home.

To prevent plumbing issues during summer, ensure that your pipes and plumbing fixtures are regularly inspected, and any worn-out components replaced. Avoid disposing of anything in the sinks or drains other than water and ensure that shower drains are cleaned regularly. Additionally, limit your water usage during peak hours and consider upgrading to a larger water tank or installing a booster pump to ensure adequate water pressure.

In conclusion, while summer may be a season of fun and relaxation, it can also bring with it various plumbing issues. By taking proactive measures to maintain your plumbing system, you can enjoy all that summer has to offer without worrying about your home's plumbing system.