It’s summer, time to enjoy long days at the beach, relax by a pool, and spend time with friends.  With summer gatherings and high temps, your home can be at risk for some common summer plumbing emergencies. Even though your friendly plumbers at Sun Plumbing in Melbourne, Florida are always just a phone call away, we’d like to give you some tips to help prevent a plumbing emergency. Don’t let these plumbing issues ruin your summer fun.

Clogged Toilets

Schools out, your kids are home and their friends love to hang out at your house. With all the extra activity in your home, your toilet is sure to get lots of extra flushes. With all this extra activity, you are almost guaranteed to have to deal with a clogged toilet. Be prepared by keeping a plunger handy. You should also remind the kids to watch how much toilet paper they use. Remind them not to flush baby wipes, food or other objects down the toilet. Here’s a list of items you should never flush down the toilet. If you have a real toilet emergency, you can always call Sun Plumbing.

Backed up Garbage Disposal

With cookouts and friends helping in the kitchen, your garbage disposal is at risk of getting clogged, especially if you are preparing a lot of fruits and vegetables. Ask your guests to avoid putting anything down your garbage disposal. Do not throw the skins or heavy items down the drain. You should always put as much as you can in the trash. A garbage disposal still drains through a narrow pipe. Even if the blade chops it all up, it can still get clogged and back up into your sink. This can ruin your fun summer afternoon.

Slow Shower Drains

After a fun day at the beach, the sand and shells that get caught in bathing suits often get rinsed off in the shower. All that gritty sand can take a toll on your shower drain. You can prevent this by thoroughly rinsing off at the beach or using an outdoor shower. With the summer heat, you tend to take more showers to cool off. Check your drain for hair and remove any excess you see on the drain after every shower. This will help prevent your Palm Bay drain from getting clogged.

Washing Machine running in Overload

It seems like in the summer, laundry goes into overdrive. Towels, changes of clothes, and more towels. With all the extra washing, your washing machine works harder. Plus, if you have sandy towels, your washing machine is at risk of getting clogged. Stick to small loads, clean out your filter, check your hoses for leaks and shake out your clothes and towels.

We hope these tips help you have a wonderful summer and avoid a plumbing emergency. Remember, we’re here to help if you do run into any Brevard County plumbing problems this summer!