Labor Day weekend is just around the corner, and it’s an unofficial farewell to summer. Though we may still enjoy warmer temperatures for months to come, the children go back to school and we once again begin juggling busy schedules. Many of us choose to send summer off in style with a Labor Day barbecue or gathering. Any time you have guests over, it can lead to plumbing problems. If you notice plumbing issues after your celebration this year, it might be one of these culprits:
Damage to Your Tub or Shower
During a holiday celebration, you likely have lots of guests using your pool, shower, or toilet. With extra use comes the potential for drainage problems. Items like excess hair, shampoo, conditioner, soap, and dirt can all make their way into your drain and sewer system, causing backups. To erase any clogs yourself, try pouring a little hot water down the drain and plunging your system. If this doesn't work, consider calling a professional to fix the problem.
Clogs in Your Kitchen Sink
A lot of things go down your kitchen sink, particularly on a holiday weekend. Greasy foods, such as burgers, chicken, and hot dogs can easily lead to sludge accumulation in your garbage disposal. It doesn’t take much time for them to accumulate on the sides of your drain, leading to backups.
You can try to dislodge a clog yourself by pouring a mixture of boiling water, vinegar, and baking soda down the drain. Avoid using industrial unclogging cleaners because they contain corrosive chemicals that can damage your piping. Once you address the issue, keep it from returning by avoiding putting the following down your drain:
- Cooking fat
- Paper products
- Coffee grounds
- Fruit peels
If your kitchen drain is still misbehaving, call a professional and schedule service to address the issue before it gets worse.
The summer is full of opportunities for play, and Labor Day offers one last hurrah. However, these festivities can take a toll on your plumbing systems. If your drains or sinks aren’t acting up to snuff following the summer season, take these simple steps to address any clog problems. If you’re still having trouble, schedule a professional snaking or cleaning.