The sun is shining, and summer is on its way. We all love a Great British Summer’s Day but sometimes our drains do not. Here are some issues to keep an eye out for this summer and how you can prevent them.
Clogged drains during the summer
Smelly clogged drains are definitely something to look out for over the course of the summer months, especially as you start to entertain more – using your drains more for waste which you might not have had over the winter such as greasy BBQ utensils. Blockages made up of oil and grease, food scraps and drink dredges are just a few of the items commonly disposed of down the kitchen sink that can cause expensive-to-fix blockages. Keep on top of any sludge and build-up by checking your sink regularly and pouring a kettle of hot water down the plughole ever few days to dislodge any blockages and limit odour.
Sun damage on your pipes
Most of the outside water pipes around our homes are made out of plastic, which, when exposed to the hot sun, can overtime become cracked and fracture as the UV light makes the plastic brittle. Check your pipework throughout the warmer months for any damage caused by the sun and protect any sunny spots if you feel an issue is arising.
Leaks often occur when sections of pipe are experiencing a high volume or water or a more frequent use than what they are used to. During the summer months, many of us are filling up paddling pools, watering cans, setting up a sprinkler system and using the hosepipe. Using a water butt can help limit the strain on your main pipes – and saves water too, especially when watering the garden.
Slow Draining Drains
When the sun is out, we love to get outdoors to enjoy it – with most of us heading to a beach for a great day out. But bits of sand and gravel on hair and skin can cause blockages in our shower and bath drains. If you’re at the beach, make sure to dust yourself off first before bringing any issues into your bathroom.