Simple Steps to Avoid Summer Plumbing Problems


If your family is like many, you’re probably spending more time at home this summer. While that may be a good idea in terms of the global pandemic, summer can present a few issues for residential plumbing. Luckily, knowledge is power and understanding the potential issues is the first step to avoiding problems with your pipes. To help, the plumbing professionals at River City Plumbing in Reno are sharing simple steps to avoid summer plumbing problems.

Clogged Disposal

Summer cookouts are practically a tradition. Even if you aren’t hosting, your kitchen drain may be getting more of a workout than usual this summer. Don’t assume just any food item can be tossed in. Hard fruits and vegetables, like watermelon rinds or corn, are better in the compost bin. And never dump used cooking oil down the drain. These are damaging to garbage disposal systems. Treat your kitchen drain with care, and you’ll avoid clogs and other issues.

Clogged Toilets

Again, hosting company may not be a huge issue this summer, but if the whole family is spending more time at home, your toilets are getting more use. Kids in particular can be careless when it comes to stuffing wads of toilet paper or tossing other, more creative, objects in the bowl. Show them how to use an appropriate amount of toilet paper and discuss why nothing else should find its way in. If you do end up with a clog and a plunger doesn’t do the trick, River City Plumbing can always help.

Irrigation Issues

It’s sprinkler season, and if you’re dealing with soggy patches, leaks, standing water, or other problems, it’s worth bringing in a professional to troubleshoot. Do your best to avoid sprinkler heads as you mow, and tuck away tubing so it doesn’t tempt the kids or pets.

If You Need Help

With a little luck, your summer will pass with no plumbing problems at all. But if you do have a plumbing situation, River City Plumbing can sort it out. Contact us for emergency service or to schedule an appointment – we’re here to help!

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