Common Summertime Plumbing Problems in Oceanside CA

July 13, 2022
Common Summertime Plumbing Problems in Oceanside. CA

Frozen water pipes and other winter-related plumbing issues aren’t a problem in Oceanside, CA. However, many Oceanside, CA homeowners experience the opposite problem – plumbing emergencies due to the effects of our hot, dry California summers. The heat, dryness, and increased water usage associated with summertime can result in a wide range of plumbing problems.

Outdoor Summertime Plumbing Problems

Expanding pipes

The hot summer temperatures can cause your home’s water pipes to expand. Even underground piping can be affected by the heat. This expansion places stress on the pipes that can cause them to crack or burst, resulting in a serious water leak.

UV damage

The Sun’s UV rays are as damaging to your pipes as they are to your skin. Pipes exposed to significant UV radiation can begin to become brittle and weak, which often leads to leaks. UV radiation is especially damaging to PVC piping.

Dry Soil

As the soil dries it can become so loose that it is unable to support the weight of your house. This causes your home’s foundation to shift, or “settle.” These movements can cause major damage to your water lines, resulting in disconnections and ruptures. Any leaking water could begin to erode the soil beneath your home, resulting in further foundation shifts.

Root Intrusions

Summer is the peak time for tree growth. As they search for water, their roots can invade small cracks in your home’s main sewer line. As the roots grow, the cracks get bigger, allowing more roots to penetrate into the sewer line. Eventually, this root intrusion results in a clogged or damaged sewer line.

Leaky Taps

We use our outdoor water more frequently during the summer. All this use can cause the parts to become loose or damaged, causing them to leak.

Indoor Summertime Plumbing Problems

Jammed Disposal

Clogged Kitchen Sinks

People entertain during the summer. Children are also at home during the summer months. This extra use can place a great deal of strain on your sinks and disposals. To help avoid these types of problems, be very careful about how much and what you place in the drain. Avoid placing oils and grease, animal bones, plastic or paper, and certain types of food (such as sticky pasta or rice) down the drain. Most kitchen sink clogs can be cleared using a commercial drain cleaner or plunger. Damaged disposal may have to be replaced. If cleaners and plungers don’t clear the clog, contact a plumber.

Toilet Problems

Because of the extra usage during the summer months, toilet issues are common summertime plumbing problems.

Clogged Toilets

Clogged toilets are one of the most common summertime plumbing problems. Like your sinks, clogged toilets are caused by trying to flush too much or flushing the wrong things down the toilet. One way to avoid clogs is to teach your kids what can be flushed (toilet paper) and what can’t be flushed (toys, food, paper towels, hand wipes, feminine hygiene products, etc.) down the toilet.

Running Toilets

All the additional flushing can damage the toilet handle and flushing mechanisms, such as the toilet’s clapper. Handles and other parts can become loose, causing your toilet to run, or worse, prevent your toilet from properly flushing.

Loose or Wobbly Toilets

This extra usage can also cause a toilet to become loose or wobbly. This happens when the seal that secures your toilet to the bathroom floor becomes weakened and damaged.

Outstanding Oceanside, CA Plumbing Services All Year-Round

Don’t let plumbing problems ruin your summer fun. 1st Choice Plumbing, Flood & Restoration is here to fix whatever summertime plumbing issues you may be experiencing. We’ve been providing outstanding plumbing services to home and business owners in Oceanside, CA, and surrounding communities since 2012.

Our team of licensed experienced Oceanside, CA plumbers are available 24/7 to deal with whatever plumbing emergency you may be experiencing. In most cases, we can be onsite within an hour of your call. You can contact 1st Choice Plumbing, Flood & Restoration through our website, or call us at 866-437-0205 to schedule a visit.