4 Summer Plumbing Problems – And How to Avoid Them


It’s finally summer here in northern Nevada, and we hope you’re enjoying it! Between barbeques and pool days, plumbing problems should be the least of your concerns. To help you keep it that way, here are four common summer plumbing problems – and how to avoid them.

Bringing the Outdoors In

If you’re enjoying sun and sand at Lake Tahoe, or hitting a trail on Mt. Rose, be mindful of what you’re bringing home. Household drains aren’t designed for excessive amounts of sand, mud, and gravel, and jumping straight into the shower could mean clogged or damaged pipes.

Instead… try hosing off the worst of the mess outside first. Give clothes, suits, and towels a good shaking before you toss them in the washing machine.

Dumping Summer Foods Down the Drain

Summer is practically synonymous with fruit salad and barbecued meats, but just because it’s food doesn’t mean it’s suitable for the drain. Fibrous parts of summer fruits and veggies – think corn husks, banana peels, artichoke pieces, and any hard seeds or pits – will likely jam your disposal. The same goes for bones, gristle, and fat from any meats you may be grilling.

Instead… Toss these bits into your compost pile. If you don’t have one, they should go in the garbage – not down the drain.

Irrigation is Working Overtime

Sprinkler systems are working hard during the summer. If you had your irrigation inspected during the spring, it’s likely in fine working order. If not, it’s a good idea to make that happen next year.

Help keep your irrigation running properly by avoiding sprinkler heads when you mow, and make sure that bits of tubing are out of harm’s way.

Add Plumbing Prep to Travel Plans

You don’t have to go overboard, but a little prep before you leave for a week or two can go a long way.

  • Check appliances for loose or cracked hoses, leaks, or malfunctions.
  • Adjust the water heater settings to low, pilot, or vacation mode. Why water energy heating water that you won’t be using?
  • Make sure all taps inside and out are completely shut off.
  • Empty the dishwasher and washing machine, and leave them open a bit for air circulation. It’s also a good idea to make sure the garbage disposal is empty.
  • Double check the irrigation system if it runs on a schedule so you know it’s working properly while you’re away.

Plumbing Problems?

Hopefully your pipes sail through the summer season with no issues at all. But if you do have a problem, River City Plumbing in Reno is here to help. Contact us day or night for emergency service, and we’ll get it sorted out so you can get back to the important business of sun and fun!

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