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Summer Plumbing Tips: Keeping Your Drains Clear and Your Water Flowing

June 12, 2024 | Blog

As the summer heat intensifies in Birmingham, ensuring that your plumbing system is in top shape becomes crucial. At Brown Cooling, Heating & Plumbing, we understand the importance of maintaining a well-functioning plumbing system, especially during the summer months. Founded in 1961, our company has been a trusted provider of HVAC and plumbing services in Birmingham and surrounding areas like Hueytown, Helena, and Bessemer. With our extensive experience and commitment to customer satisfaction, we are here to offer you some valuable summer plumbing tips to keep your drains clear and your water flowing smoothly.

Understanding Summer Plumbing Challenges

Summer brings unique challenges to your plumbing system. Increased water usage from activities like watering the garden, filling up swimming pools, and frequent showers can put a strain on your plumbing. Additionally, the hot weather can exacerbate existing issues, leading to clogged drains and other plumbing problems. Here are some essential summer plumbing tips to help you navigate these challenges and keep your plumbing system in optimal condition.

1. Be Mindful of What Goes Down the Drain

One of the most common causes of clogged drains is improper disposal of waste. During summer, it’s easy to let things slip down the drain, especially when hosting barbecues and outdoor gatherings. Grease, food particles, and other debris can accumulate in your pipes, leading to blockages. To prevent this, always dispose of grease in a separate container and avoid putting food scraps down the drain. Using a drain strainer can also help catch debris before it enters your plumbing system.

2. Regularly Clean Your Drains

Regular maintenance is key to preventing clogs and ensuring smooth water flow. Consider using a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to clean your drains naturally. Pour half a cup of baking soda followed by half a cup of vinegar down the drain, let it sit for about 15 minutes, and then flush with hot water. This simple yet effective method can help break down buildup and keep your drains clear.

3. Inspect and Maintain Your Outdoor Plumbing

Summer is the perfect time to inspect your outdoor plumbing fixtures, such as garden hoses, sprinklers, and outdoor faucets. Check for any leaks or damage and repair them promptly. Leaky outdoor fixtures can waste a significant amount of water and increase your utility bills. Additionally, ensure that your garden hoses are properly stored and not left in direct sunlight, as prolonged exposure to heat can cause them to deteriorate.

4. Be Cautious with Tree Roots

Tree roots can pose a significant threat to your plumbing system, especially during the summer when trees are actively seeking water. Roots can infiltrate your pipes, causing blockages and even pipe damage. If you notice slow drains or gurgling sounds, it could be a sign of root intrusion. In such cases, it’s best to contact a professional plumber to assess the situation and provide the necessary repairs.

5. Schedule a Professional Drain Cleaning

While DIY methods can help maintain your drains, professional drain cleaning is essential for thorough and effective results. At Brown Cooling, Heating & Plumbing, we offer a special $99 Drain Clearing with a Free Camera Inspection. Our experienced plumbers use advanced equipment to clear your drains and inspect the condition of your pipes, ensuring that any potential issues are identified and addressed promptly.

6. Monitor Your Water Pressure

High water pressure can put a strain on your plumbing system and lead to leaks and pipe damage. During summer, when water usage is high, it’s important to monitor your water pressure. If you notice unusually high pressure, consider installing a pressure regulator to protect your plumbing system. Our team at Brown Cooling, Heating & Plumbing can assist you with the installation and ensure that your water pressure is within the recommended range.

7. Be Prepared for Emergencies

Plumbing emergencies can happen at any time, and being prepared is crucial. Make sure you know the location of your main water shut-off valve and how to operate it. In case of a major leak or burst pipe, shutting off the water supply can prevent further damage. Additionally, keep the contact information of a reliable plumbing service handy. At Brown Cooling, Heating & Plumbing, we offer prompt and efficient emergency plumbing services to address any urgent issues.

Why Choose Brown Cooling, Heating & Plumbing?

With over six decades of experience, Brown Cooling, Heating & Plumbing has established itself as a trusted authority in the home services industry. Our commitment to customer satisfaction is reflected in our Iron Clad Guarantees. For instance, our No Surprises Guarantee ensures that the quote you receive upfront is the price you’ll pay, with no hidden fees or unexpected costs. This transparency and dedication to quality service have made us the preferred choice for plumbing and HVAC services in Birmingham and surrounding areas.

As summer heats up, taking proactive steps to maintain your plumbing system can save you from costly repairs and ensure a smooth water flow throughout your home. By following these summer plumbing tips and relying on the expertise of Brown Cooling, Heating & Plumbing, you can enjoy a hassle-free summer. Remember, our special $99 Drain Clearing with a Free Camera Inspection offer is available to help you keep your drains clear and your plumbing system in top shape.

For all your HVAC and plumbing needs, trust Brown Cooling, Heating & Plumbing. Contact us today to schedule a service or learn more about our offerings.

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