When temperatures drop below about 20 °F, homeowners start to experience frozen pipes, particularly in less insulated areas of the home like the attic, crawlspace, and garage. While losing water to one or more of your taps is certainly an inconvenience, the damage that frozen pipes can cause if they ultimately burst can be extensive and costly. Here are five ways you can prevent the pipes in your home from freezing in the winter:
Whether you’re heading south for the winter or leaving for an extended vacation, make sure to take precautions to prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting before you go. Frozen pipes can end up costing you a lot of money, potentially destroying parts of your home if they burst. So, before you leave your home in the cold this winter, follow these safety tips and precautions.
Replacing your plumbing system is probably something you’d rather avoid, but trust us when we say it will be much less painful now than after disaster strikes. If you don’t replace your plumbing on time, you’ll start getting leaks. Soon after, you could have a flood on your hands. So, before you have water or raw sewage pouring into your home, replace your plumbing system, and save yourself thousands of dollars and countless headaches in the process.
If your water bills are higher than normal, you may have a water leak somewhere in your home. Follow these tips to determine if you truly have a leak, and learn how to locate the source of the leak so you can stop it before it causes serious damage to your home.
In our last blog post, we covered how to prevent pipes in your home from freezing and bursting. Today, we’ll talk about what to do in case your pipes do freeze or burst. Hopefully you'll never have to experience this kind of plumbing emergency, but it’s always good to be prepared in case you do.
“Brown Friday? You have your colors mixed up!” Unfortunately, we don’t. While the day after Thanksgiving marks the start of some serious holiday shopping for millions of people, you most likely won’t see your plumber at the mall at 4 o’clock in the morning. Black Friday, known as “Brown Friday” to the plumbing community, is the single busiest day of the entire year for plumbers nationwide. With all of the extra people packed into homes and the loads of food being prepared in the kitchens, catastrophe is lurking around every corner.
Have you ever experienced a plumbing mishap in your home? Most of us have, and it’s not fun. Water can cause extensive damage to our homes, especially for unprepared residents.
Here are several tips everyone should know in case a plumbing emergency arises. Knowing this information ahead of time could save you thousands of dollars. Recognizing early signs of a plumbing problem and acting to remedy the problem quickly is the best way to avoid the heartache of extensive water damage.
It’s hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Along with it comes a whole lot more than family, food, and fun for your local plumbers. The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers who tend to see the same few problems every year. Most homeowners will be able fix some of these problems on their own, but other jobs are best left to the professionals. By being attentive to frequent causes of holiday plumbing problems, you can prevent many of these common plumbing emergencies from occurring.
In order for your pipes to be safe during freezing temperatures, they need to be protected. Pipes are protected by one or a combination of a building’s insulation, insulation placed around the pipes, and the heat produced by a building. It is important to prepare your pipes for the cold as you carry out your fall home maintenance.
Have you ever experienced water pooling at your feet in the shower? How about a backed up sink or toilet? We’re all bound to run into a clogged drain once in a while, so it’s good to know how to deal with it effectively to avoid any possible pipe or plumbing fixture damage. Before calling the plumber, you can try to repair the clog yourself with some basic home fixes. If these don’t work, then it may be time to call in the professionals.