With the cold weather coming setting in to make way for Santa, you’ll be busy with fun festivities. This busy time of year can lead to a busy household! With all the frantic fun happening at home, you might get unexpected and unfortunate plumbing problems that can ruin the joyous holiday mood. Here are our top 4 tips to avoid any annoying and unwelcome plumbing scenarios this Christmas.
When winter temperatures plummet, water can freeze in pipes. Not only does this mean no water flow, but the ice expands and can lead to a burst pipe with disastrous results, such as flooding and damages. This can be costly to fix – it’s the last thing you need to be thinking about during the busy holiday period. To avoid the possibility of frozen pipes, wrap your un-insulated pipes with foam; these can be pipes in unheated parts of your home, like the attic or crawl spaces. Use duct tape to secure the foam padding around your pipes.
The most common factor in blocked drains are substances other than water being poured down the drain. As temperatures drop, fat and grease can freeze and completely block the drain. This can cause water back-ups in the house. To solve this problem, you can make your own homemade unclogging mixture of vinegar, baking soda and hot water – remember, the hot water is the essential part of the equation to help unfreeze the debris in your drains. Check our previous blog on whether this solution really works for unclogging drains.
Avoid water heater woes
If you live in an area with hard water, sediments build-up from it can lead to rusting inside the tank. Draining your water heater can prevent the build-up of rust by getting rid of the sediment. If your water heater is quite old, consider getting it changes before the busy winter holiday festivities begin.
Outdoor is just as important as Indoor
Until the warmer weather returns, it’s best to detach your garden hose before the cold weather sets in. Leaving the hose connected can cause water left outside to freeze, causing the faucets to freeze along with the connecting pipes. Turning off the indoor valves to all the outside valves and draining them can prevent further freezing and potential bursts.
If you just happen to be unfortunate enough to experience a cracked or burst pipe due to the winter weather, take action from the following steps:
- Turn off the main water valve to prevent flooding
- Keep you taps open to relieve pressure from freezing
- Use a hairdryer to thaw the ice gently to reduce pressure on the pipes
- Contact us and our friendly customer services team can arrange for one of our highly skilled emergency plumbers to come out to you within 24 hours, any day of the week.