Tips and Hints for Weather Conditions
Get your plumbing in shape to survive severe cold
When temperatures drop to freezing lows, plumbing problems are very common. There are many things that homeowners can do to prevent these problems that have the potential to cause severe damage to your home. Macon Plumbing has provided the following tips to keep homeowners and their families warm as freezing temperatures take over.
Avoid frozen pipes. Watch your water pressure this time of year because the first sign of a frozen pipe is restricted water flow. If you notice this, be sure to act quickly and call a professional.Let cold water trickle from your faucets, slightly smaller than a pencil's width, during the evening when the temperature is the coldest. This helps prevent freezing as moving water does not freeze.
Garden hoses can cause major damage if not disconnected. During cold snaps, if a garden hose is left connected, ice will form and pressure will build up in the water lines inside your home. Once this occurs, a water line leak or break is common. This can cause severe damage to the home. Disconnect garden hoses and drain outdoor pipes to prevent damage during the winter.After disconnecting hoses, you should install an exterior, insulated faucet jacket. This will protect your outdoor faucets, as well as the connecting lines running into the home, from freezing temperatures. Also, be sure to utilize the shut-off valves located inside your home to drain water from pipes leading to outdoor hose bibs. These valves can typically be found under sinks, in crawl spaces or basements, near your water heater or your meter, but every home is different and some homes may not be equipped with these valves.Circulating warm air helps keep pipes in the walls from freezing.
Keep your house temperature above 55 degrees to prevent pipes from freezing and open cabinet doors under sinks and faucets and near exterior walls to help circulate warm air and keep pipes warmer.Close crawl space vents and garage doors, especially if your water heater is in the garage. Check to be sure that snow is not restricting your water drainage. Watch the area around your sump pump discharge line used to avoid flooding indoors, as this line drains from a basement to an outside area. If the drainage area is blocked by snow or flowing into a puddle, freezing could occur as well as water backing-up into the house.
Contact Macon Plumbing, your local plumbing, repair and drain cleaning specialists today for repairs or to get your home systems ready for winter.
If you experience a leaking pipe, turn off the isolation or shut-off valve to the main source of water. Most sinks, toilets and even appliances, such as washing machines and refrigerators, have individual shut-off valves. This will isolate the problem and minimize the inconvenience and damage to your home or business. Once a pipe or valve leaks, it most likely needs to be replaced.
FAUCETS AND SHOWER HEADS
Faucets and shower heads all have mechanisms built into them to regulate the amount of water used; thus, saving you money. You can save more money on your water bills by repairing all dripping faucets and running toilets.
Consider changing your water-usage habits to eliminate extra expense and wasted energy. You may consider taking shorter showers and turning off the water when lathering up. Don't let the water run continuously when you're brushing your teeth, shaving or doing dishes. TOILETS Avoid using the toilet as a trash can; every toilet flush you eliminate can save between 1.5 and 7 gallons of water per flush
Set your washer's load size to the exact size of the load and try to wash only full loads. You can also save energy by using cold water. When purchasing a new washer, look for one that conserves water and energy
THE "VACATION" SETTING
You can save money on your utilities by turning your hot water tank temperature down to the "vacation" setting before you leave the house for extended periods of time
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