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Summer is in full swing here in Suffolk County, which is great for you but it may not be so great for your plumbing system. While we’re all aware of how to take care of the pipes and be extra aware of our plumbing during the colder winter months, the heat of summer can have strong effects on your plumbing system that we forget to note. In this blog post, we’re going to discuss some of the most prevalent plumbing problems that heat can bring. Remember if you ever get yourself in a pickle, Hubbard Plumbing is here to help. We do everything from basic repairs to full bathroom remodels. No job is too big or too small for us, so let us do the hard work and leave your home clean of any plumbing issues. 

 

Clogged Drains/Disposals

Summer is the perfect time to host barbecues, family get-to-togethers, work parties, or whatever you want! With that being said, your drains and pipes are going to a workout this summer. Whether it be toilets getting flushed or extra food getting pushed down the garbage disposal, it’s highly likely that you’re going to experience a clogged drain at some point. If your drain is clogged, call us instead of throwing some drain cleaner down there. Contrary to the advertisements, you really shouldn’t be using them. Click here to read one of our latest blog posts about this. 

 

Leaky Pipes

Leaking pipes aren’t just a thing that you have to worry about during the winter, they can happen during the summer as well. This can happen for a variety of reasons like high water pressure, foundation shifts, invasive tree roots, and other things. If you have a swimming pool or automatic sprinklers, these can also put stress on your plumbing. All the water you’re using to cool off, and most likely in large quantities, can cause water to go through your pipes at high speeds, which can increase the risk of your pipes leaking or even bursting.

 

The ground under your house is also receiving the heat that can dry the area out, which can then cause your main water pipelines to crack. Even small shifts in the foundation of your home can create big adjustments in your home’s water lines, which can cause them to disconnect or rupture. 

 

Sun Damage to Exposed Pipes 

Not only are the ultraviolet rays beating down on your skin, but they’re also hitting your exposed pipes. Summer heat can result in weakening pipes or even more serious damage like broken or cracked pipes. This type of damage is usually something that doesn’t happen quickly but over time if you have exposed pipes that are in the sun, you may want to cover them up or just be aware of how they are being affected.

 

If you think that the sun may be affecting your home and its plumbing, call Hubbard Plumbing. We’ve been providing the Long Island area with knowledge and great service since 1979. No matter what type of plumbing issue you’re having, we’re here to help. Call us today at (631)-315-2972!