I bet you didn’t know hot summers can affect your plumbing the same way freezing winters can. Here in Arizona the dry desert heat can be brutal in the summertime and take a toll on your plumbing.
Your Pipes Expand
As the temperature in Arizona rises, everything in your home including your plumbing expands a little. Most pipes nowadays can go through this routine of expanding and contracting year after year without any damage. However, if you hear noises like rattling or banging coming from your walls while running your faucets or showers, you may want to call a plumber to look for any signs of damage. Remember, a little prevention now will save a lot of money in the long run if you catch it before a pipe burst.
Your Toilets Can Clog
Okay, so this one may not have as much to do with the hot temperature as it does with more foot traffic in your home. There are reasons plumbers see more toilet trouble during the summer. With your kiddos out of school and summer pool parties kicking off, your toilets are getting more use than normal. Make sure all your toilets are working properly before hosting your next party.
Your Pipes Can Leak
Arizona’s hot summer affects your plumbing in many ways, but one of the most common issues is expanding tree roots. Tree roots are constantly needing water, so when all the moisture in the ground is sucked out by the triple digit temperatures, those roots find their way to your pipes. If a pipe already has the slightest leak, roots can find their way to the pipe and create more serious damage by wrapping around the pipe, cracking or damaging it more. From wall damage to mold, a leaky pipe can leave you with big headaches. If you think you may have a leak, we can send a trained professional to your home to take a look.
Pipes that are exposed to the Arizona heat can crack, break, or even burst. While this problem usually takes years to happen, there are some things you can do to prevent this. Depending on the exposed pipes, you can add insulation or special water-based paint to protect them from damaging UV rays from the sun.
If the extreme heat affects your plumbing this summer, call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing for an inspection or repair today.