How Hot Weather Affects Plumbing

Heat waves which bring high temperatures can have a negative impact on plumbing. It can cause an array of issues such as leaks, expansion of metal pipes, or even the breaking of pipes if they are older. In addition, dry soil and even tree roots can affect your plumbing. Let’s take a look at a few situations that can occur commonly in summer time, and how you might address them before they become larger problems.

Leaking Pipes

High temperatures can lead to expanding pipes. This can create leaks or even pipe breakage! If you see a rise in your water bill, this could be the culprit. 

It might not be your first thought, but summer tree root growth could also have an impact on your plumbing. Roots naturally grow towards water and may end up going towards your pipes.

Dry soil underneath your home can cause shifts in a home’s foundation. This could also be a reason for cracked or burst pipes.

Slow Drains

If you notice slow draining tubs, it’s probably time to clear the drain of any hair or soap scum using appropriate tools. To help keep your drains clear, utilize a drain cover. There are also other products to help keep drains clear of hair.

Clogged Toilets

During summer, you may have noticed a rise in clogged toilets due to the simple fact that the kids are home more often, and you’re possibly hosting more people during summer barbeques and get-togethers. Having a plunger handy and visible in the guest bathroom can help address clogs the moment they occur. If you have an older home with older pipes, it would be a good plan to let your guests know of any particular toilet care.

Low Water Pressure

Trying to shower after a hot summer day, but the water pressure is obviously low? This can definitely be frustrating. Check to see if it’s affecting more than one area of your home. If you’re noticing this trend, we encourage you to give Norfolk Plumbing, Inc a call as it could be a result of clogged or leaking pipes.

Washing Machine

Summer sports, beach and pool towels, and daily hot weather brings more laundry to be done! Make sure to avoid overloading your washing machine and that loads are evenly distributed. Try to space out washes throughout the week instead of having one large wash day running your machine back to back.

In Conclusion

With summer on its way out and cooler weather incoming, make sure to maintain regular inspection and call a professional when there may be an issue. Any damage to pipes will need to be addressed in order to avoid future problems brought on by frigid temperatures this winter! For more information, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at Norfolk Plumbing Inc.

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