Usually, people associate winter with plumbing problems. The thought of frozen (and bursting) pipes can cause many homeowners to panic and do everything in their power to avoid having to deal with a winter plumbing problem. However, many homeowners don’t realize that there are dangers to the plumbing system in the summer as well.

Here are three of the most common summer plumbing problems and some ways to help avoid damage.

1. Using the Garbage Disposal as a Garbage
If you have a garbage disposal installed in your kitchen sink—you might be tempted to just put everything down the drain. Unfortunately, garbage disposals aren’t meant to be used like a real garbage and certain foods can actually cause a clog or backup in your pipes. Popular summertime items like corn-on-the-cob, bones from a BBQ dinner or even peels from some fruits can cause a blockage problem.

Make sure to read the instruction manual that came with the garbage disposal and know what you can (and cannot) put down the drain!

2. Washing the Dog in the Tub
Dogs love being able to run around outside in the summer; however, pet owners know that summer also means dogs get dirtier faster and require more frequent washing. If you wash your pup at home, be mindful of how much dog hair is going down the drain of the tub or shower. Pet fur can quickly accumulate in the pipes and cause a plumbing nightmare.

If you want to continue washing your pup at home, invest in a drain cover that collects pet hair before it clogs the pipes.

3. Not Protecting Plumbing from Summer Storms
The Windsor area can see a significant amount of rainfall in the summer and we’re definitely prone to floods. It’s extremely important to have some safety precautions in place to help prevent some serious plumbing problems when there is a heavy downpour.

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