The Top 3 Summer Plumbing Problems

As summer is about to arrive, there are all sorts of good memories waiting to be made. Summer is a great time for family barbecues, running through the sprinklers, getting your overalls muddy, and having all the kids’ friends over. However, one thing can quickly ruin all of these great experiences: a plumbing problem. Barbecues can clog garbage disposals, sprinklers get run over by the lawnmower, and all those extra laundry loads can burn out your washing machine. Still, there’s no need to worry! Zierman Plumbing can help you turn these common plumbing problems into plumbing solutions. Keep an eye out for these common plumbing problems:


  1. A Clogged Garbage Disposal

There are several ways that garbage disposals get clogged, but they’re nearly all avoidable. Never put hard fruits and vegetables—like watermelon rinds from that summer barbecue—down the disposal. These can interrupt the motor or harm the blades. Also avoid putting cooking oils or coffee grounds down the drain, as these can build up over time until they become a clog. Finally, don’t put fibrous vegetables like cornhusks or celery down the disposal. When shredded, these fibers get tangled around the blades and trap it. If you avoid these common mistakes, your disposal can last you a long time. If this warning came too late, don’t hesitate to call Zierman plumbing today to get that clog fixed.

  1. Broken Sprinklers

Broken sprinklers are a common summer plumbing problem. The most common way for sprinklers to break is through a gardening mistake. After the kids run through the sprinklers, make sure the sprinkler heads have fully sunk back into the ground. Then you can run the lawnmower, weed whacker, etc. If you notice a leaking sprinkler, check to see if any pieces are broken or loose, and then see if you can adjust it by hand. If you can’t seem to find the problem, call your local plumber to diagnose the issue.

  1. Overworked Laundry Machine

For families with kids, summer can mean a lot more laundry. As the kids are adventuring, they usually get a lot dirtier than they would by sitting in a classroom during the school year. Not to mention that everyone’s a lot sweatier, and will go through clothes more quickly! To prepare your machine for the summer increase, do a quick check for any red flags. Look for any leaking water around the machine. Then pay careful attention to the hoses behind the washing machine. Make sure they aren’t folded or kinked. Then check for holes, bulges, or cracks. Finally, never run your machine when you’re not home. That way, if there’s any issue or leak, you can immediately call your local plumber to fix the problem.


For your summer plumbing problems, don’t hesitate to call Zierman. Zierman plumbing serves Santa Maria and the Five Cities area, and we can do installation, repair, or maintenance. We also offer 24-hour emergency service. We’ve been around since 1950 and are even EPA-certified Renovators. We’re happy to be the local plumber that you can trust. Don’t let a plumbing problem ruin your summer. Instead, call Zierman plumbing today.

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