The holiday season can be one of the most trying times for your home plumbing system. This is not only because of the cold temperatures and harsh conditions, but because of the extra use by holiday visitors. Here at Waterworks Canada, we happen to know for a fact that the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers, but fortunately, you can avoid many common plumbing problems using the following fall and winter plumbing tips.
Use your head in the kitchen
The holidays inspire some of the greatest meals you prepare during the year, and cooking-related damage, leftovers and table scraps can have a significant impact on your plumbing systems. For example, fats and oils accumulate during meal preparation, but these remains should never be poured into your drain because they can freeze and clog pipes. Instead, let the grease congeal in the baking dish, and then scrape it away into the trash. In terms of your waste disposal, it is safest to turn it on first, then add food debris. After the machine has done its job, turn it off and run several litres of water down the drain to clean the system for the next time you use it. Finally, maintain water pressure for everyone in the house by using the dishwasher only outside of peak hours so as not to compete with showers or washing machines.
Prevent pipes freezing
When the temperature drops below freezing, the water pipes in your house have the potential to rupture, creating an expensive disaster in the basement of your house. The burden of the average owner of a pipe rupture is about $ 15,000, according to State Farm Insurance, so it pays to keep an eye on this issue throughout the fall and winter.
To protect against freezing pipes, turn off all outside water valves and then inspect the pipes that are un-insulated areas, such as those running along the outside walls of the house. These pipes are most likely to freeze and must be insulated with foam or towels for the winter season. In extreme cold, it is wise to let taps drip slightly to encourage a constant flow of water.
Finally, if you’re heading south for the winter, you may be tempted to turn down the heat in your home to save energy. However, turning the heat too low increases the risk of frozen pipes. The damage incurred will be even greater if the break goes unnoticed for days, weeks or months. To better prevent pipe ruptures or cracking, the temperature of the house should be set no lower than 7 degrees Celsius. If you suspect a leak, call a WaterWorks professional to do a quick inspection before you leave to mitigate future problems.
Make sure your heater works properly
Your water heater works hardest in winter, so this is the perfect time to make sure it runs optimally. One of our certified, professional plumbers can inspect the unit and make any necessary repairs or replacements to combat wear or corrosion.
When it comes time to set the water temperature, do not set the dial above 50 degrees Celsius — this will prevent water scalding and reduce energy waste.
The holiday season is one of the happiest times of the year, but the season of joy can quickly turn dour if there is a plumbing accident. If you do encounter problems, give us a call. We offer an 8 to 8 flat rate, which means you won’t pay extra because of the time of day. However, if you follow our winter plumbing tips, you can avoid a plumbing incident altogether to guarantee a happy holiday season.