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Summer's Most Common Plumbing Problems

Many homeowners deal with plumbing problems. This can be a huge inconvenience with the kids home from school and friends and family members coming over for barbecues. Here are some of the most common things that cause these plumbing issues in the summer.

The Wrong Types of Food in the Disposal

It's not uncommon for homeowners to think that their disposal can handle whatever they put down it. However, there are a number of things that can cause your disposal to stop working. These include many popular summer foods, such as potato peels, corn husks, egg shells, and chicken bones. If you put these items down your disposal, you'll probably just end up having a major plumbing issue.

Too Much Rain

Many cities receive an excessive amount of rain in the summer. All of this moisture can lead to plumbing issues. Water in your yard can seep through cracks in your pipes and cause you to have back ups. 

If this happens, you need to seek plumbing services right away in order to have the problem fixed. Unfortunately, you might not know that you have cracks in your pipes until you start having major issues.

Excessive Amounts of Toilet Paper

With kids being home from school, your toilets may be getting more use than normal. Unfortunately, kids tend to use way too much toilet paper. This can cause your toilet to get clogged. You can keep this from happening by talking to your kids about how much toilet paper they should use. Explain to them what will happen if they use too much.

Pouring Grease Down the Sink

When you are cooking this summer, you may just want to dispose of your cooking grease by pouring it down the drain. Many assume that this is a harmless thing to do, but it can actually clog your sink. As the hot oil or grease meets water in your pipes, it cools and becomes solid, quickly causing clogs. It's a better idea to let the grease cool, and put it into a container with a lid that you can throw away.

The summer is a great time to kick back, enjoy the kids being home from school, and have friends and family members over for barbecues. However, it's also a time when you can experience some extra plumbing issues. All of the issues mentioned above are pretty common. If you experience problems with your plumbing this summer, you need to call a plumber or a handyman right away. Don't delay dealing with these issues as they can just get exponentially worse the longer you put off having them fixed.

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Anita G.
Anita G.
Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University and now enjoys writing about health, business, and family. A mother of two wonderful children, she loves traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can find her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.

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