Although summer is a time for enjoying the sun, having fun, and relaxing, as a homeowner, it’s still essential to stay vigilant about any possible problems that could arise with your plumbing system this season. Due to the increased water usage, higher temperatures, and possible increase in summertime visitors, chances are higher of experiencing a plumbing issue. So, come along with your experts at Upper Arlington Plumbing & Drain as we discuss the common summer plumbing problems that may potentially arise.   


OUTDOOR FAUCETS, SPRINKLERS, & HOSE PROBLEMS – First, let’s discuss common issues with outdoor plumbing. Since a significant part of summer is spent outside, it’s necessary to examine outdoor plumbing features such as faucets, sprinklers, and hoses that may malfunction frequently, primarily if they’ve been utilized for many years. During the summer, high temperatures and increased water usage can cause minor unresolved issues to escalate and result in burst underground pipes that can cause flooding in your yard or basement. 

To avoid big plumbing disasters, inspect your hoses, sprinklers, fixtures, and faucets regularly for any visible damage or leaks. If you find any, fix or replace them immediately. As always, call a licensed professional for major plumbing issues. 

SEWER LINE-BACKUP PROBLEMS – Moving forward, let’s talk about an unpleasant but necessary topic – sewage! During the summer months, sewer lines are more likely to experience blockages due to higher usage and other factors. Unfortunately, dealing with this situation is far from ideal. To identify potential sewage line issues, keep an eye out for foul smells, gurgling noises, clogged drains or toilets, and backups. If you suspect any issues with your sewage line or have identified any problems, please contact us without delay. We will take care of all the necessary repairs and get your sewage line back in optimal working condition! 


LEAKY FAUCET PROBLEMS – Dealing with leaky faucets can be frustrating. Unfortunately, many people let them continue for much too long, which wastes water, increases water consumption, and can lead to bigger problems later on. So, it’s best to address the issue right away. Usually, tightening the fixture or replacing the washer will fix the leak. In some cases, you may need to replace the entire faucet.  

CLOGGED TOILET PROBLEMS – During summer, temperature change and increased humidity can cause drain line problems like rusting, corrosion, and mineral buildup. This can lead to clogged toilets, especially if the plumbing system is old. Addressing such clogs can be complex, so it’s important to contact a professional for assistance. Serious clogs could even cause pipes to break due to pressure buildup. Plus, during the summer, children are usually at home, which can lead to increased water usage in the daytime. To avoid costly repairs due to a small issue turning into a larger one, it is recommended to proactively inspect your toilets for cracks or leaks regularly throughout the season. 

LOW-WATER PRESSURE PROBLEMS – During this season, low water pressure is a common issue that can occur due to changes in regional water levels or mineral buildup in your pipes. If you are experiencing low water pressure, you should contact a professional plumber as soon as possible. 

WATER HEATER PROBLEMS – Your water heater is important in both summer and winter for hot water supply. If you are facing issues with your water being lukewarm or not heating up, it may be due to a damaged water heater. This can occur during hot summer temperatures as the strain on the water heater can cause it to crack or become damaged. It is possible that sediment buildup is causing the problem with your water heater, and flushing it might solve the issue. If you contact us, we can diagnose the problem and fix your hot water system. 

WASHING MACHINE PROBLEMS – Don’t forget to include your washing machine in your summer maintenance checklist. Washing machines are prone to several issues during this season, such as clogged pipes or hoses, corrosion, and broken seals. These problems can cause damage to the system and lead to wear and tear. Therefore, it’s recommended that you check your washing machine regularly for leaks, corrosion, or any other type of damage. 

DISHWASHER AND GARBAGE DISPOSAL PROBLEMS – During this time of the year when there are more opportunities for household gatherings, it is important only to put drain-safe foods in your garbage disposal. Despite the busyness of the season, avoid the temptation to throw something into the kitchen sink. A clogged garbage disposal and sink is not something you want to deal with, especially in the middle of entertaining. It is important to avoid pouring grease and starchy foods down the drain and disposal. Additionally, overloading the dishwasher can cause particles to clog the system. To ensure that everything runs smoothly throughout the summer, dispose of food properly and avoid overloading the dishwasher. 

At Upper Arlington Plumbing & Drain, we are dedicated to delivering top-notch customer service to our clients. Our goal is to provide a remarkable customer experience and surpass their expectations with our exceptional workmanship.  

As for your plumbing system, we want you to enjoy a worry-free summer, and we can assure you that we can take care of all your plumbing needs and issues as they arise! Call Upper Arlington Plumbing & Drain today at (614) 363-1924, or schedule an appointment by clicking here