Weekly Tip for Dec 18: Why You Should Get Your Plumbing Serviced Before Winter

<span>Weekly Tip for Dec 18:</span> Why You Should Get Your Plumbing Serviced Before Winter
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    The time to service the plumbing system for winter is at least a few weeks before the really cold weather sets in.

    Winter’s cold puts unique stresses on plumbing systems, especially if they are old and haven’t been checked for a while.


Here are some reasons why a home or business owner should have their plumbing looked at before the depths of winter:

  • Pipes

    Water that is allowed to remain in pipes exposed to the cold can freeze, and not only freeze, but burst. This can lead to flooding. It does not even have to be that cold for pipes to burst. Even water heaters and toilet tanks made of ceramic have been known to freeze and burst when the temperature drops.

    Some tips to prevent pipes from bursting are to disconnect and drain outdoor hoses, set the thermostat a bit higher than normal, and open up sink cabinets and let warmer air circulate. Some experts recommend letting a trickle of water run on those nights when it’s expected to be bitterly cold.

  • Water Pressure

    Another smart idea in having your plumbing inspected is to have your water pressure checked. Depending on where your pressure is at, could give a plumber some tell tail signs if there are any problems in your plumbing system. You do’t want to have your pressure to high as it could damage your pipes later and eventually cause them to burst. Pipes bursting in the winter time could be very costly and cause significant damage to your home.

  • Water Heaters

    Having a broken water heater during the winter is, to say the least, uncomfortable unless a person loves icy cold showers and baths and watching their hands turn blue as they try to wash the dishes. It is imperative to have a broken water heater repaired or replaced well before winter.

  • Garbage Disposal

    People who have garbage disposals do not want them to quit in the middle of a big Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Though there are some things that the homeowner can do to keep the garbage disposal clear, a professional should be called if it really needs to be dismantled.

  • Septic System

    A septic system that is backed up during the winter is a unique horror. It’s bad enough if the sewage backs up into the toilets, sinks and bathtubs, but if it overflows into the leach field, it becomes a biohazard that can cost thousands of dollars to repair. Have a plumber clear out the main drain if it seems to be clogged, either with a rotor or hydro jetting. Hydro jetting blasts water under very high pressure into the drain and removes debris. If the septic tank has’t been pumped in a long time, a professional should be hired to do this job. A layperson should not attempt it, for the sewer gases from an open septic tank can be fatal.

Preparing the plumbing system for winter is fairly simple and easy for a professional plumber like those at Knights Plumbing & Drain. It gives the customer peace of mind and saves them a great deal of money.

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