Helpful Plumbing Tips
This year, on top of traditional activities, you may also have concerns about the flu and COVID-19. With so much going on, plumbing is likely the last thing on people's minds. However, taking the time to think about your plumbing and care for it can help to prevent a plumbing problem while you are hosting guests, away on vacation, or feeling under the weather. Here are a few tips to help you prepare your plumbing.
Snake or Clean Your Sewer Line
One of the best ways to prepare your plumbing is to take the time to snake or clean your sewer lines. One of the easiest ways to clean your plumbing lines is to pour a pot of nearly boiling water down the drain or combine baking soda or vinegar down the drain. You can also use a plumbing snake to clean the drain, or you can hire a plumber for professional drain cleaning. Cleaning the sewer lines helps to remove excess debris that can lead to clogs forming.
Prep Your Water Heater
Another tip to help you prepare your plumbing system is to prep your water heater. You should take the time to flush your water heater to remove any sediment and debris. Flushing your unit helps it to function properly and efficiently. Also, inspect your water heater, looking for any cracks or leaks. If cracks or leaks are noted, you should have your hot water heater replaced as soon as possible. The cracks or leaks will worsen as they expand and contract during the cold weather and can ultimately cause your unit to burst open and lead to flooding and potential water damage.
Check Your Outdoor Water Fixtures
Once the weather starts to change, odds are, you are not going to standing outside spraying your lawn with your hose. Detach your hoses from outdoor water fixtures and shut off any water fixtures that will not be used, including outdoor spigots, fountains and sprinklers systems. This helps to prevent them from freezing and causing frozen or burst pipes.
Check Your Sump Pump
The last way to prepare your plumbing system is to check your sump pump. Sump pumps are typically located in basements or the lowest part of your home. Sump pumps are designed to clear away excess water and prevent these low points in your home from flooding when it rains. If the sump pump is not working, flooding may occur. Check your sump pump to ensure it is not clogged and that it is working.
Here at Amanda Plumbing Sewer & Drain, we know that you have a lot on your plate this challenging and abnormal year. If you need help preparing your plumbing for the cold weather or you have encountered a plumbing issue, we are here to lend you a helping hand. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment.