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Summer’s Most Common Plumbing Problems in San Antonio

A young boy in a T-shirt and jeans running through sprinklers outside.Summer is here, which means that you may begin to experience some of the most common plumbing problems of the season. At O’Bryan Plumbing Services, we’ve seen it all and fixed it all.

The following are some of the most common problems we encounter with plumbing systems in Dallas, Plano, and Allen, Texas.

Sweating Pipes

Sweating pipes are common when the temperature starts to rise. As cold water flows through the pipes in your home, it can cause condensation to form on the outside of your supply lines.

It may not seem like a big problem, but it can raise humidity levels and cause damage to drywall and flooring. To prevent this, it’s good to ensure your home and pipes are properly insulated.

Tree Root Intrusion

Tree roots can cause considerable damage to your plumbing systems, and this typically occurs during the growing season as roots grow in search of deeper water sources.

Preventing it starts by planting trees far away from underground plumbing. However, if you have an existing tree, our team can install wooden or metal barriers beside your pipes to prevent the roots from penetrating them.

Sprinkler Problems

You should always have a qualified technician inspect, maintain, and repair your sprinklers. DIY repairs can cause more headaches than you save. Common sprinkler problems include clogs and damaged or malfunctioning sprinkler heads.

Preventing these requires keeping your sprinklers in good repair and making sure you’ve properly winterized your system at the end of the season. And, be careful when mowing!

Overloaded Washing Machines and Dishwashers

When school’s out, you may notice your laundry and dirty dish piles get bigger. Avoid the temptation to overload the washing machine and dishwasher to get the load done faster. Overloading can cause clogs and flooding and wears out internal components faster.

It’s best to run the dishwasher and washing machine after dark when it’s cooler, as this will help keep your home from overheating during the day and reduce the strain on your air conditioning system.

Leaky Outdoor Faucets

Leaking outdoor faucets are common and can cause water to pool and seep into the soil beside your foundation. If you have a faucet leak, it’s good to use an adjustable wrench to tighten the packing nut. If that doesn’t work, consider replacing the rubber washer. Be careful not to pull on hoses when they’re attached, as this can damage the faucet.

Pool Plumbing Problems

Swimming pools are a fabulous way to cool off, but they’re also known for becoming a point of frustration if you’re not careful. Common pool plumbing problems include air in the system, dirt and debris buildup, and changes in filter pressure.

Preventing these issues requires keeping your pool clean, regularly cleaning the filters and filtration system, and staying on top of scheduled pool maintenance tasks.

Shower and Drain Clogs

Everyone loves a day at the beach or an afternoon on the lake, but this can bring dirt and sand into your showers when you come home. It’s best to clean off at the beach/lake before coming home. This will help keep sand, dirt, leaves, etc., out of your plumbing system, where it can cause clogs and damage your pipes.

The team at O’Bryan Plumbing Services can help keep your plumbing systems operational all summer.

Call (972) 727-6364 to schedule fast and reliable plumbing services in Dallas, Allen, and Plano, Texas.