Summer is a great time of year – all those sunny days to enjoy where we can sit out in the garden, do outdoor activities and go out and enjoy the countryside and the beach. It is also the time to enjoy holidays and festivals.
However, one thing that the hot and sunny weather can cause problems for are your drains. These are some of the most common problems that can be caused for your drains in the hot weather…
Pipes Leaking – In the summer, we put a much higher demand on our pipes. Keeping the garden looking its best means that we need to use hose pipes and sprinkler systems, which can take its toll on the pipes, as well as using them to fill up things like paddling pools. A good way to get around putting this pressure on pipes, and to save water, is to get a water butt, which will collect rainwater which can then be used throughout the summer to keep your garden healthy. When pipes become damaged, they will need to be repaired as the leak will only get worse and result in you losing a lot of water, as well as the possibility of the damage caused by the water leaking into the house.
Root Damage – Plants need water to live, and with their roots deep in the soil, they will seek out the available water sources below the ground. Pipes and drains are damp places that plants will try to obtain water from. Trees in particular have very strong roots that are capable of getting into your drains and during the summer is the most likely time that they will do this. If you have tree roots in your drains, or suspect that you do, you will need to get a professional who provides CCTV drainage surveys like this https://www.wilkinson-env.co.uk/drainage-services-cctv-surveys-midlands/cctv-drain-surveys/cctv-drain-surveys-gloucester/ to come out and sort the problem for you.
Pipes Damaged by the Sun – If your pipes are old or brittle, the heat of the sun during prolonged spells of hot weather can cause them to crack and break. As well as the pipes that are exposed to the sun, those below ground can also be affected, as the ground dries and hardens, putting more pressure on the pipes under the ground.