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Tackling Common Summer Drain Problems

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Even though you may be away from home more this summer, you can still experience drain issues. The warm weather can wreak havoc on your plumbing system, from clogged garbage disposals to sewer line backups. Here are some typical problems and how to handle them.

Clogged Garbage Disposals

Barbecues and large gatherings bring food scraps that can clog your garbage disposal. Corn husks, fruit peels, and cooking oils are frequent culprits. To avoid this, compost organic materials where possible and avoid pouring fats and oils down the drain. If your garbage disposal is clogged, try resetting it or using a plunger.

Sewer Line Backups

As trees and plants gain vital nutrients from rain and sunshine, their roots often infiltrate sewer lines causing blockages and backups. Signs of this include slow-draining sinks, gurgling noises from toilets, and water backup in showers. Contact a professional who can use tools like a sewer snake to break up the roots.

Overworked Washing Machines

Summer activities bring mud, sweat, water, and grass stains to your clothes. This can often mean more laundry. This extra usage can lead to drain clogs or leaks. Regularly check your machine’s hoses for bulges, leaks, or cracks. Keep a four-inch gap between the machine and the wall to prevent hose kinking and damage.

Sprinkler Issues

In-ground sprinkler systems can get clogged or damaged by mowing or other summer activities. Check for and clean out any dirt, grass, or other debris obstructing the sprinkler heads. If you notice persistent issues with water flow or pressure, you may need to replace the sprinkler heads or install a new system.

Call a Professional

With regular maintenance and prompt attention to issues, you can keep your home’s plumbing system functioning smoothly. If you’re unsure how to keep your drains clog-free and running efficiently, call ClearWater Plumbers. Our master plumbers can answer your questions, diagnose problems, clean sewers, and get your water running again.

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Call us at (817) 587-0080 or schedule service today.

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