The holidays are fast approaching and with them colder temperatures. As the Arizona days get shorter and thermometer drops lower, there are greater possibilities of plumbing issues. Holidays traditionally entail cold weather, parties, visits from friends and family, and extravagant meals. All can put pressure on your plumbing system. Below is advice from your Phoenix plumber on how to protect your home’s plumbing system during the holidays.
To prevent clogged drains, each week treat them with a cleaning solution. Home owners can use store bought solutions or there are various at home remedies. A safe and environmentally friendly mixture includes one cup of salt, one cup of baking soda and ¼ cup cream of tartar. Pour the mixture down each of your drains and follow with two cups of boiling water.
During the winter there is a possibility of frozen pipes. When this happens, the water inside will freeze and in some cases expand till the pipe cracks. To combat this, home owners can use padded sleeves and insulating tape to guard the pipes. Any exposed pipe or plumbing fixtures should be insulated. It is important to check your pipes every few days for cracks, especially in little used areas of your home, such as the basement or attic. If you suspect your pipes may be freezing, call a Phoenix plumber immediately.
Run Water Daily
Run water from every valve in your home daily to ensure water flow in every pipe. This includes outdoor spigots and hoses.
Cooking grease and oils will put strain on a home’s pipes, drains and garbage disposals and are more likely to cause clogs when it is cold. Avoid disposing of the grease through your drain, use jars or other removal methods. Also, before and after using your garbage disposal, run cold water through the drain for 15 seconds. Be prepared to call a Phoenix plumber if your garbage disposal is not working accurately.
High Water Usage Appliances
Space out the use of appliances that need large amounts of hot water though out the day. The consistent flow keeps the pipes warmer. Appliances and tasks that heavily use hot water include the washing machine, dish washer and shower.
Don’t let plumbing problems hinder your holiday celebrations. If any plumbing issues arise, call your Phoenix plumber immediately. Contact an All About Water AZ EcoWater representative today!