Hot Weather Can Affect Your Toilet As Much As The Cold. Here’s How

In summer, water demand increases due to activities such as watering the garden, filling in-ground or inflatable pools, and taking more frequent showers. All of this consumption puts a strain on your plumbing system and can lead to low water pressure and even leaks (especially if the system is already damaged). It may even cause your toilet to clog a little more often than usual. Much like pipes narrow in subzero temperatures, they can thermally expand when temperatures rise excessively. This expansion can cause joints and fittings to loosen, leading to leaks. On the other hand, pipes can also dry out when exposed to high temperatures or direct sunlight. Dry pipes are more prone to cracking without the necessary moisture. This also applies to sprinkler systems and outdoor faucets.

Another cause for concern, believe it or not, is the warm water (thanks again, summer heat) running through the pipes to the water heater. The hot water from outside actually puts a strain on the water heater, as it takes more energy to cool the water down for that cold post-jog shower. This, in turn, can lead to higher energy usage and breakdowns. Heat-related plumbing problems aren't just caused by pipe damage—tree roots crawling under your yard looking for moisture can also intrude into water pipes and sewer lines.

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