As a homeowner, you have a lot of responsibilities. One of the most unpleasant is having to call for service and pay to correct problems with your home. When it comes to the summertime, there are a few different plumbing issues you should know about so that you can hopefully avoid them or at least be prepared if they occur.


Water leaks can have a damaging effect on your home. Unfortunately, any metal plumbing components will expand and contract with the temperature. The hot, humid summer weather can open up unwanted gaps that allow water to leak out of your plumbing fixtures and lines. As soon as you notice a leak, it’s best to be as proactive as possible. You never want to ignore a leak as it could lead to costly water damage over time.

Toilet Issues

No one wants to really think about dealing with toilet issues. But it’s important to realize that they happen and you need to be able to address them quickly when they do. A common problem is a continuously running toilet. This is typically caused by excessive sediment buildup on the bottom of the tank that prevents the flapper from properly sealing. You’ll need to wipe off that excess sediment layer with a rag so that the flapper can properly sit on the bottom of the tank. If the flapper fails to seal because it is simply old and worn, it’s time to replace it.

Another common toilet issue is clogging. This can happen due to increased use during the summer, as your kids will be home more often. Having a plunger nearby is a must to get that clog broken up before it backs up the water into your home. Additionally, pay close attention to your water supply line. If water isn’t entering your toilet and the valve is open, it could indicate a clog in your line. This is most common with metal supply lines and should be repaired by a plumbing professional as soon as possible.

Low Water Pressure

When you turn your faucet on full blast, and only a trickle comes out, it can be frustrating, to say the least. Unfortunately, summertime tends to be a common time for regional water level drops and water line problems. Start by checking other water outlets in your home. If you’re getting regular pressure at other locations, then you likely have a clog somewhere in your water supply line.

You’ll need to call in a plumbing professional to identify where the clog is and to remove it so that you can get your natural water pressure back. If all the water outlets in your home have low water pressure, then call up your neighbor and see how their pressure is. In this case, it’s likely a problem with your city’s water supply and not a problem physically inside your house.

No Hose Water

A common issue that many homeowners run into at the beginning of the summer season is that there is no water coming out of their houses. Fortunately, this tends to be an easy fix. You simply need to turn that valve at the water inlet to allow water to flow outdoors. It’s common to close and drain this value before winter to prevent your hose bibb from freezing. You can avoid the panic of no water each year by simply installing a frost-free outdoor faucet. This will prevent freezing from occurring even if you don’t shut off the outdoor water supply.

Sump Pump Problems

Alongside the hot summer weather can come some very nasty thunderstorms that can pour what seems like endless amounts of water down onto your home. If you have a sump pump installed, it should remove that excess water from your basement. However, it’s not uncommon to experience a drainage issue with your sump pump from time to time. Make sure that it has power, the hose isn’t clogged, and the float is working. Calling a plumbing professional immediately when water starts to back up with a nonfunctional sump pump is a necessity to protect your home from costly water damage.

Clogged Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal is likely to see even more use throughout the summer months with endless cookouts and fresh summertime foods. Unfortunately, this could lead to items getting put down the garbage disposal that shouldn’t be. From corn cobs to melon rinds, they can all cause your garbage disposal to become clogged. Make sure you kill the power to your disposal before making any attempt to clean it out carefully. The blades are extremely sharp and can injure your fingers easily.

Leaking Sprinklers

If you have an inground irrigation system to take care of your lawn, then you’ll have a plethora of sprinkler heads all over. As your lawn experiences more traffic during the summertime months, your sprinkler heads are more prone to damage. This damage can lead to unwanted leakage and a costly rise in your water bill. Be sure to mark all of your sprinklers so that they can be easily avoided by those walking near them. Additionally, you’ll want to check each sprinkler head at the beginning of the season to ensure that it isn’t leaking.

Slow Shower Drains

Another common plumbing issue you’re likely to experience this summer is slow-draining showers. With kids spending more time outdoors and taking family adventures to places like the beach, extra debris on the body can easily make its way into your shower drain. To avoid this issue, consider installing an outside shower where you can wash the majority of debris off your body before getting into your inside shower. To remedy a slow draining shower, you’ll want to call in a professional to unclog the drain line.

Leaky Washing Machine

Whether it’s because of excess dirt or simply sweating through your first set of clothing, it’s very common to go through wearing more clothes each day in the summertime. This can lead to an increase in your washing machine usage. With more usage comes a higher chance of problems like unwanted leakage. If you notice water coming from the floor under your washing machine, be sure to shut your machine off quickly. You’ll want to assess where the water is coming from. You may just need to tighten the hose on the back of the machine. In other cases, you may need to have the entire hose replaced.

Sewer Line Backup

The summertime can spell trouble for any vulnerable sewer lines. From heavy rain storms pushing dirt and other particles into the small cracks in the line to flourishing tree roots busting into your main sewer line, the chances of having a sewer backup increase. Whenever you first notice sewage backing up into your toilets or sinks, it’s time to call a licensed plumber. They will be able to identify where the blockage is and remove it so that your sewage can freely drain.

Professional Plumbing Service

Golden Rule offers professional plumbing services for the entire Des Moines, IA region. We can also help with all of your heating, cooling, and electrical needs. Contact our staff today to schedule your next service appointment.

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