During the summer months, high temperatures bring some unique plumbing challenges. In order to prevent plumbing emergencies, it’s important to know how the heat will impact your system and what problems you should keep an eye out for. Summer heat can affect your plumbing in a number of ways, including:

UV Damage

Pipes that are exposed to direct sunlight may warp or weaken over time, which can lead to cracking or leaking. Though UV exposure can take a while to cause noticeable damage, it’s important to cover above-ground pipes to avoid premature breakdowns.

Tree Root Damage

Summer is the peak growing season for trees, which means your underground pipes are at a higher risk of becoming damaged by roots. If you notice signs like unexplained clogs, unpleasant odors, or slow flushing, then you may be dealing with root intrusion and should contact a professional as soon as possible.

Leaky Pipes

When temperatures rise, your pipes will expand and the soil beneath your home will dry out. The combination of increased pressure and expansion could lead to cracking or bursting, which can quickly become a plumbing emergency. Having regular inspections can help you identify potential problems early and avoid burst pipes in the summertime.

Irrigation Breakdowns

Keeping your garden green all summer long can take a lot of water. The more you use your irrigation system, the more likely it is to encounter a problem or breakdown. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations when configuring your sprinkler’s settings.

Clogged Drains

Though the heat itself doesn’t cause clogged drains, summer is a common season for backups because more people are home and using the drainage system. Accidentally draining things like sand from a day at the beach or grease from a barbecue can also lead to clogged pipes.

Protect Your Plumbing This Summer

Preparing your plumbing for the summer heat can be a challenging task, especially if you aren’t sure where to start. That’s where the experts at ClogPro can help! We have proudly served homeowners throughout Portland OR and Vancouver WA for over 30 years, and our team is committed to providing you with exceptional services at affordable prices. Get your plumbing ready for summer heat – give us a call today to get started!