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Winter

WinterSadly it may also be a nightmare for some house owners when the temperatures start to plummet. The plumbing in a house is one of the most vital things to take extra care of in the winter. We've provided this short guide to one or two winter plumbing hazards  that will help you avoid any plumbing tragedies during the months of winter. One of the main problems in the winter is freezing pipes. To try to prevent this you must make sure that you insulate your pipes before the cold months. Buy some insulation material and wrap around the pipes. Be extra careful about exposed pipes that might be located in rooms of the house, that are not heated (lofts, walls, basements). Make sure that you use all of the taps and valves during the winter, even in parts of the house that you normally wouldn't use on a regular basis. This will keep the water flow going thru all of your pipes and help stop freezing. Avoid clogged drains in the kitchen during the winter by not pouring in fats or cooking oil. The fats can easily cool down and clog up your drain, leaving you with a sink that isn't serviceable. Also ensure that you don't try to force leftover food down your sink. Use that extra time to pick it up and throw it in to your bin. One of the most significant reasons for clogged kitchen sinks are that the filter gets full of leftover food and the water can't run away. Make sure that you know where to turn off the primary water supply for your home. If you're unfortunate enough to have a pipe that bursts, having the ability to shut the water down quickly can stop intensive water damage to your house and save you a lot of cash that you might have had to pay out. Keep the heating on in the house during the entire day, use a thermostat to keep the room temperatures lower when you're at work if you are worried about the heating bill. This'll help keep all of your indoor pipes from freezing up and finally bursting. If one of your water pipes freeze up you want to sort the issue fairly quickly so it does not burst. Ensure that you apply consistent heat to the pipe by utilizing something like a hot water bottle. This is one of the safest methods to defrost a pipe and prevent it from bursting. Know your limits; if something goes wrong with your plumbing in the winter and you aren't sure of what to do, call a certified plumber. Spending that extra money may be the difference between a good winter and a disastrous winter.

2 Comments to Winter:

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plumbing supplies on Saturday, April 14, 2012 2:24 PM
Freezing pipes are pipes that do not have proper insulation. Try to provide insulation in order not to incur this problem again.
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Tim on Saturday, May 26, 2012 8:30 AM
Insulation on hot and cold water pipes, also if you have a crawl space make sure all plumbing pipes and crawl space itself is well insulated

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