The heat is up and the idea of spending time around the pool is extremely appealing for most homeowners. However, when plumbing goes awry in your home, it can create a whole different kind of swimming pool - the indoor kind that you definitely didn't plan for and absolutely aren't looking forward to dipping into. If you see any signs of the following plumbing issues, pick up the phone and call a trusted professional plumber immediately.

Leaky or Broken Pipes

It might seem easy to write this off as a winter-only issue, where frozen water pipes seem to be the most obvious culprit, but there is still the danger for leaky and broken pipes in the summertime, too. Over time, extremes in weather and rapidly changing temps (something we see often in the Front Range) can put stress on things like plumbing and gas connections. There are a number of factors to consider, like the age of your home's piping systems, as well as the frequency and intensity of usage. Keep in mind that during warm weather it's often easier to inspect and repair a variety of plumbing and gas pipes that might be a bear to work on during cold weather.

Faulty Washing Machine Hose

Unfortunately, this one is hard to spot before things go south, fast, but here are some things to consider. If your washer hose is getting up there in age (5-10 years), or if you find yourself using your washer more than the average household, being proactive in replacing the hose can save you a lot of trouble later on. If you notice any change in how your washing machine is operating (i.e. unexpected noises, loss in quality of wash, etc), get the machine and all the hosing checked out ASAP. If it's time to replace your washer hoses, consider the braided varieties. They're a slightly more expensive option than your basic washer hose, but they are more reliable and durable as well, so you're likely to get more bang for your buck - and hopefully more peace of mind along the way!

Clogged Drains

Clogged drains happen. They're far less likely if you're set on a routine maintenance plan and are taking care of your drains regularly, but they do happen. Unfortunately, when bad leads to worse, a simple clogged drain can mean backed up sewage and indoor pools that no one would want in a million years. Sinks, bathtubs, toilets, and showers are all susceptible, so understanding the signs of a clogged drain is an important place to start. If you notice slow draining, bad odors, discolored water backing up from your drain, gurgling noises, fluctuating toilet water levels, or mold, it's time to call the professionals. A clogged drain can cause a whole host of issues beyond the gross mess that is backed up drains and standing sewer water in your home, so this one should be attended to immediately.

No one wants an indoor pool they didn't plan on, so doing a regular check-in with your appliances and home comfort systems is important, if not downright imperative. At Save Home Heat, we offer annual maintenance plans that take the worry of checking many of your crucial home systems off your hands, providing you the peace of mind that a visit from an experienced pro brings. In the Denver-Boulder area, contact our service department to learn more about the safety, efficiency, and convenience provided by an annual maintenance plan, covering annual service for all your home comfort systems, plus full inspections and assessments of your plumbing and electrical systems.