Every home is susceptible to plumbing problems. Cold winters don’t help. To avoid a plumbing disaster such as a flood, you can follow good practices in the kitchen and bathroom. Pipes can freeze without warning in the winter, but you’re not destined to deal with the consequences if you take measures to protect your plumbing.
At Detour Plumbing, our experienced plumbers can be there quickly to address your emergency. We also strive to educate our customers to help avoid plumbing disasters. You use your plumbing daily, whether you wash the dishes, take a shower, or flush the toilet. There’s no guarantee you won’t eventually have a problem, but these winter plumbing tips can help protect your home.
In the Kitchen
Cold winter days are often spent cooking. Food particles and grease can build up in the garbage disposer, and pipes can clog up with grease, soap, food remnants, and soap. To avoid problems:
- Don’t pour fats or cooking oils down the drain; liquid fats solidify once they enter pipe.
- Turn on the garbage disposal before introducing food waste.
- Don’t put poultry skins, celery, banana peels, and other fibrous waste into the disposals.
- Before and after using the disposals, run cold water for 15 seconds to flush waste.
- Conserve hot water by running the dishwasher and washing machine at night.
In the Bathroom
Nearly every bathroom appliance is connected to your plumbing system. It’s, therefore, important to observe caution and consider how you can protect your plumbing. Some tips that can help include:
- Wait 10 minutes between showers, and have family members take showers at different times of the day.
- Increase the water heater’s temperature, but not above 125°F; this will help retain hot water so it is readily available.
- If water pressure in your shower is weak, attach a plastic bag filled with vinegar; leave overnight and scrub the mineral residue off with a toothbrush.
How to Deal with Frozen Pipes
Water ice expands, so it pushes against the walls of a pipe and can easily crack it. The same process increases water pressure. Once there is an ice blockage, pressure can increase throughout the plumbing system and cause pipe to fail in other places, especially in your attic, garage, or in the outside walls. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent frozen pipe failure; you can:
- Install pipes in areas that are heated.
- Put pipe where there is insulation.
- Add insulation sleeves/wrapping to pipe.
- Bury pipe below the frost line.
- In extreme cold, let your faucet drip to prevent pipe failure.
If a pipe has broken, turn off the water main line immediately. The sooner you do so, the easier it is to prevent flooding and potential water damage and mold. It also helps to know the piping layout of your home, which enables you to more quickly locate problem areas. If you find a cracked pipe before it breaks, replace it in sections with the new pipe protected by insulation.
Call Detour Plumbing for 24-Hour Emergency Service
At Detour Plumbing, our plumbers in Santa Clarita are licensed, bonded, and insured, and are trained in using the latest technology and repair methods. We can address minor issues or replace entire sections of pipe. Our technicians are prompt and efficient. There are never any hidden costs and you’ll get a free estimate, while we’re so reliable you can depend on our 100% service guarantee. To get a quote or request emergency service, contact us online or call 661-417-0757 now.