Keep These Plumbing Issues at Bay this Holiday Season
No one wants to deal with a plumbing emergency during the holidays. This should be a time where you are entertaining guests, enjoying some tranquility and eating copious amounts of delicious treats.
But the fact remains that plumbing problems can strike at any time. What’s more frustrating is that most plumbing emergencies are preventable if you take the right measures and pay attention to warning signs.
Here are some of the most common plumbing issues that impact homes during the holidays and tips for how you can keep them at bay:
Issue: Freezing Pipes
Try This: When your pipes are exposed to cold air, the water inside will freeze and expand. Eventually, the pipe can’t handle the pressure, and it will burst, creating a huge mess that requires emergency plumbing repair. The best way to prevent burst pipes in your home is by insulating the pipes that could be exposed to cold air. Use foam insulation on any pipes that could be exposed and stop worrying about freezing pipes in your home.
Issue: Seized Sump Pump
Try This: If your sump pump is only used in emergency situations, there is a chance that it could seize and leave you hanging when you need it most. The best way to check if your sump pump has seized is to pour a bucket of water into the tank and see if it triggers the motor. If nothing happens, the pump is likely seized and will require professional repair before the holidays.
Issue: Leaking or Spraying Faucets
Try This: The most common reason for a spraying faucet is sediment build-up inside the spout. Inspect your faucets and clean the spout to keep the water flowing freely. Leaking faucets are often caused by corroded washers and worn out O-rings. By inspecting the faucet, you’ll be able to point out any issues that need addressing.
Issue: Leaking Outdoor Faucets
Try This: You have probably already removed your outdoor hoses and stored them for the winter, but did you remember to close the shut-off valve to the outdoor faucets?
Closing the shut-off valve will prevent leaking, dripping, freezing and bursting in the area.
Issue: An Inefficient Water Heater
Try This: In the winter, your water heater strains to work harder to produce the same amount of hot water. Water heaters that are exposed to cold air will have more trouble heating up and retaining heat. Solve the issue with a water heater insulator. These simple sleeves slip over the unit and protect it from the cold. It will also help retain heat and make the unit more efficient during the winter.
Issue: Going Away for the Holidays
Try This: If your plan is to go away for the holidays, we recommend setting your thermostat to at least 55 degrees. This will prevent freezing and burst pipe emergencies when you are away.
Call Arrow Plumbing today for reliable holiday plumbing services in Little Rock, AK. Speak with one of our experts today at 501-588-3200 today.