Can Extreme Heat Be Affecting Your Plumbing?

 In Plumbing, Seasonal

To say this summer has been hot is an understatement. Minnesota started setting record highs in early June and the heat has been on ever since. Not only that, but the heat has been joined by some pretty dry conditions putting the majority of the state in a severe drought. This hot dry weather we’ve been experiencing can take a toll on your plumbing.

Four Ways Hot, Dry Summer Weather Can Affect Your Plumbing

Here are a few ways extremely hot weather can affect your home’s plumbing and what you can do to help protect your pipes.

Burst Pipes

Thought only freezing weather could burst pipes? Extreme heat like the kind we’ve been having this summer, though less common than freezing temps, can burst pipes too. Hot weather can cause metal pipes to expand and if there’s a clog, pressure can build up, the pipe can expand and crack or even burst in the extreme heat. The best way to prevent this is keep your pipes clog free with regular inspections and drain cleanings.

Shifting Foundations

Hot and dry conditions can both cause the soil around your home to shift. The heat will cause the soil to expand and move around your home, shifting your home’s foundation. Dry soil, because it lacks water, can crack causing your pipes to contract and expand frequently as the soil moves. Both conditions can not only cause damage to your foundation, but to your plumbing system as well and there’s not a lot you can do to prevent it.

Tree Roots

Tree roots can be a plumbing systems worst nightmare, especially during a summer drought like the one Minnesota is currently having. Like any of us after a few minutes outside, trees are desperate for any moisture they can find. And they may just start working their way into your pipes to find it, especially if there’s already a small leak. Call a professional plumber at the first signs of a leak. Watch for an increase in your water bill or slow drains that could indicate a blockage.

UV Damage

The harsh UV rays that can cause a nasty sunburn can also damage outdoor pipes, fixtures and fittings. Maintain your exterior faucets by replacing washers and fittings when they start showing signs of wear and cover any exposed plumbing with insulation to shield it from UV rays in the summer. That same insulation can be used to protect your pipes from freezing in the winter.

Beat the Heat with One Hour Rooter

For the most part, temperature-related plumbing problems aren’t preventable. They are simply nature taking its toll on aging pipes. If you are experiencing slow drains, low water pressure, sweaty pipes, foul smells or an unexplainable increase in your water bill, there’s a chance you could have a leak or clog thanks to this hot, dry Minnesota summer. You can read about other common summer plumbing problems here. One Hour Rooter is here to help. We’re the Twin Cities trusted plumber, offering quick, capable and affordable plumbing services. Give us a call today at 612-354-8984 or schedule an appointment online and we’ll pinpoint the source of the issue to get your plumbing system back on track.

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