The Summer months are coming to an end and Fall will be with us before we know it. Now that the kids are going back to school, the vacations are wrapped up and you begin to start thinking about putting the BBQ away, it’s a good time to do maintenance work on your house and get everything prepared for the winter months ahead. We all get preoccupied in summer and so things like our plumbing system get neglected, so now is the perfect time to get on top of things. Here are a few common post-summer plumbing problems to look out for, and how to get them fixed.
Blocked up toilet
When you’re enjoying summer you tend to forget about things like looking after your toilet. But especially if the kids have been at home for the last few months, your toilet will have been working double time which may lead to blockages. If you live in a condo building, the toilets can be very sensitive especially if too much of the wrong thing gets put down there, and lead to plumbing problems. So if you notice that your toilet is struggling to get rid of waste, it may be a sign of a blockage further down the pipe.
Washing machine leaks
How many beach days, weekends away, soccer games, sweaty workouts, and days in the garden have you had this summer? If it’s a lot, then you’ll likely have produced a lot more dirty laundry than normal which can put a huge amount of strain on your washer. If your washing machine has been running more than usual this summer, keep an eye out for leaky pipes or other plumbing problems that may have cropped up.
Slow-draining sinks and shower
Summer nights always inspire barbeques which means that a lot more grease and grime tends to go down your sink. This can cause plumbing problems such as blockages in the pipe or in your garbage disposal, as grease can easily stick to the sides of the pipe, so if drain cleaners don’t do the trick you may need your plumber to unclog it properly. Equally, we tend to shed hair more in summer… so clear out your shower drains so the water can properly escape.
Get your sump pump checked out
If your home has a basement, then you may have a sump pump which helps to protect your basement and foundations from unwanted water. If you’ve experienced huge downpours of rain this spring and summer, now is a great time to get your sump pump checked out so you can make sure it’s working properly for the fall and winter months.
Are you experiencing one of these common post-summer plumbing problems? If so, give Mr. Plumber in Vancouver and Burnaby a call today!