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How Arizona summer impacts your plumbing


When most people think about the weather damaging their plumbing, they picture freezing pipes in the winter. Surprisingly, summer impacts your plumbing, too. This is a big issue in states, like Arizona, where the summer months are blistering hot!


Clogged Toilets


While you can’t blame the triple-digit temperature for your clogged toilets, there are reasons plumbers see more toilet trouble during the summer. With the kids out of school and summer BBQ season in full effect, your toilets are getting more use.


Remind children about what can go down the toilet as well as to be aware of how much toilet paper they’re using. Make sure all of your toilets are in working order before you host your next party. If you end up with a clog that’s no match for the plunger, it may be time to call in the professionals.


Expanding Pipes


As the temperature climbs, your house, including your pipes, expand a little. Oppositely, in the winter everything contracts slightly. Most pipes can go through this annual routine without any damage. However, if you hear rattling or banging coming from your walls, you’ll want to call a plumber to look for any signs of damage. A little prevention can save a lot of time and money if you catch a problem before a pipe leaks or bursts.


Leaky Pipes


Leaky pipes can happen year round. Expanding tree roots or even slight foundation shifts are some more ways summer impacts your plumbing.


While your decades-old tree provides you with ample shade during your BBQs, its root system could be the cause of a leaky pipe below ground. Another way summer impacts your plumbing is by giving the roots a recipe for growth, sunshine combined with the monsoon rain. Eventually, roots can wrap around pipes causing cracks or fractures. This leads to low water pressure, leaks, and broken pipes.


As your home settles, it’s normal to have slight foundation shifts. However, if your home shifts too quickly it can create issues in your plumbing system. If your home inspector notices a major shift, repair your foundation first. Next, contact a trusted plumber to inspect your plumbing system for any cracked pipes or joint issues.


Ignoring a leaky pipe can turn into a much larger issue. From wall damage to mold, a little extra water can leave you with big headaches. If you suspect your home has leaky pipes, our plumbers are here to help.


Sun Damage


You may think of sun damage in regards to your skin, car’s paint, or even your pool chairs. However, the sun impacts your exposed plumbing, too. Pipes that are left to bake in the summer heat can crack, break, or even burst. While this problem usually takes years to happen, it’s a good idea to have a plumber inspect your exposed pipes and protect them before an issue arises.


Depending on the exposed pipes, your plumber will most likely add insulation or special water-based paint to protect them. This will help block the dangerous UV rays from the sun. One bonus of insulated pipes is more protection year-round, even when the temperature dips below freezing on a few chilly Arizona nights.


If the extreme summer impacts your plumbing system, call Forrest Anderson for an inspection or repair today.


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