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Three Plumbing Problems That Can Ruin Summer Fun

Plumbing Problems Can Wreck Summer Plans

Summer is fast approaching, meaning that many homeowners and their families are gearing up for fun outdoor plans. From barbeques to outdoor sports, gardening to family get-togethers, and everything in between, the summer fun never ends! Well, the fun never ends...assuming that homeowners can avoid plumbing issues.

Homeowners can run into very pesky plumbing problems in different parts of their outdoor plumbing. These issues can range from relatively minor to extremely severe, so homeowners must keep an eye out for early warning signs to avoid bigger issues in the long run and to keep the summer fun going!

Sprinkler System Breakssprinkler

The first issue for homeowners to beware of involves sprinkler system breaks. Sprinkler systems typically run underground and control the flow of water, but these can easily malfunction due to several factors. One of the most common issues occurs when debris blocks sprinkler valves. In these situations, the valves get "stuck" and are unable to open or close.

In addition to stuck valves, sprinkler systems can have broken lines from a number of natural causes, such as excessive overhead soil pressure, overgrown tree roots, and invasive animals. The third type of sprinkler system break occurs if there are burst pipes resulting from improper water drainage before winter or excessive frozen soil pressure.

These can ultimately impede the proper functioning of sprinkler systems and therefore hamper the ability to control water flow.

Hose Bib Issueshose

The second issue for homeowners to beware of involves hose bib issues. Hose bibs function along with outdoor hoses and essentially act as "faucets." There are many different signs that may indicate problems with hose bibs, including:
  • Abnormal sounds during use
  • Debris buildups or rusting
  • Physical damages to components of the hose bib
  • Water leaks around the hose bib area
  • Pooling water

Issues with hose bibs can be problematic since they can lead to structural damage around the area where the hose bib is positioned (sometimes even damage to the housing structure itself, depending on the extent). Carefully monitoring this area will allow homeowners to manage repairs as needed and seek professional help if necessary.

Worst Case: Sewer Line Damage

Sprinkler system breaks and hose bib issues can be problematic, but one of the absolute worst plumbing issues homeowners need to be aware of is sewer line damage. This is not only an extremely unpleasant experience, but it can also cause severe issues to the in-home plumbing fixtures and require extensive and expensive professional help.

Typically, sewer line damage may occur for a variety of different reasons. Some common causes include:

  • Pipe corrosion or clogging
  • Temperature fluctuations
  • Tree root invasions

The symptoms of sewer line damage will be quite obvious to homeowners and will most certainly put a damper on summer fun. Homeowners will notice foul odors, improper water flow in the home, plumbing fixtures, drainage issues, and more. If homeowners suspect damage to their sewer lines, they should call for professional help immediately.

About Valley Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

Valley Plumbing and Drain Cleaning of West Jordan, UT is a family-owned and operated business providing expert plumbing solutions since 2011. Their team of highly skilled technicians provides 24/7 service, honest pricing, and a hassle-free experience for each of their customers. Give them a call for plumbing help today!