Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

How heat can damage your home’s plumbing

We all know that with colder weather comes potential plumbing issues. But did you know that heat can lead to plumbing problems, too? Leaks, cracks and damage from UV rays are just a few home plumbing issues that can arise during the summer months. 

Take a look below at four of the most common heat related plumbing problems and learn what steps to take if you suspect the warmer weather is damaging your plumbing, too. 

Leaks

If the Cincinnati area goes without much rain for a long period of time, it can cause the ground to dry up. Eventually, this can lead to leaks in your plumbing, especially if the house settles. Often, it is the sewer main that will be damaged, and that can lead to a pretty significant repair. 

Lightning strikes 

Additionally, summertime thunderstorms can damage copper pipes if any areas near the home get hit by lightning. While this may seem farfetched, it really does happen. Here’s why: metal attracts electricity, so it stands to reason that any copper piping is fair game for lightning strikes. 

UV damage 

The sun is powerful, and its UV rays can damage your plumbing. That’s why we recommend your exposed pipes be covered with insulation, especially if they are outside. Additionally, you’ll want to store your hoses in a protected area away and out of the sun to keep them from cracking and warping from UV rays. 

Cracks 

Similar to summertime plumbing leaks, cracks in your roof and walls and happen for a variety of reasons in the summer. Inclement weather, like thunderstorms, can damage the house, and UV rays can cause cracks that lead to water being able to penetrate the home. This kind of damage can be extensive, and it’s important to repair any cracks in walls and ceilings as soon as they are noticed. 

So, how do you know if the hot summer sun is wreaking havoc on your home’s plumbing? The best way is to perform checks for leaks and cracks on the regular, especially after a bad storm. 

You could also Contact the team at Allied Reddi-Rooter. We can perform a thorough inspection and make sure your home’s plumbing is ready for the summer ahead.  We always come highly recommended and have earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for our expert quality of service.