Understanding Plumbing Problems

There aren't many household systems more confusing than plumbing, which is why I stopped trying to fix mine on my own. I realized that taking things apart was increasingly more difficult, so I stopped guessing and started looking for a trained expert who could come out and help. When I found the right professional, it was amazing to see how much easier things were. They went through, evaluated my plumbing system, and made changes that changed my home from the inside-out. Check out this blog to find out more about how to avoid plumbing problems and when to hire a professional of your own.

What To Do When Your Heater Breaks In The Middle Of Winter

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If your heater breaks right in the middle of winter, there are a few steps that you can take to prevent damage to your home and make sure everyone stays comfortable. Here are some guidelines to follow for emergency heating repair. 

Step 1: Move Vulnerable Family Members

Some heating contractors will be able to visit your home for a heating repair on the same day. However, your heating issues might require the contractor to order parts or come back at a later date to complete the repairs. Consider moving any vulnerable family members to a heated location, such as a hotel or a relative's home, while you sort out the details of your heating repair. This includes small children, elderly family members, and anyone who is currently ill. 

Step 2: Protect Your Plumbing Pipes

If your repair will take a bit of time, you might want to check on the status of your plumbing pipes before you leave them to the cold. If your pipes aren't insulated properly, they could freeze and burst, leaving you with an even bigger mess on your hands. If you aren't sure about your pipes' condition, it can be a good idea to use a space heater to make sure that the pipes stay above freezing temperatures 

Step 3: Call a Heating Contractor

Once you have warded off any immediate emergencies, call a heating contractor to look at your heating issues. Sometimes it's as simple as replacing fluids or fixing one of the more vulnerable parts, such as the motor. Your contractor will advise you on whether a heater repair or a full furnace replacement is a better idea; sometimes, replacing the entire machine is a good idea if the furnace is on its last legs or the repair price is significant compared to the replacement cost. 

Step 4: Decide Whether to Fix Right Away

Once you know what the issues are with your heating system, you have a choice of whether to fix the problems right away or wait it out. If you're in a precarious financial situation, an emergency heating repair might not be in the cards today. Speak with your contractor about their willingness to create a payment plan so that you don't have to suffer through the winter. Alternate heating sources, such as space heaters, may also see you through the winter until you can afford to do a furnace replacement. For more information, contact a business such as Erickson Plumbing & Heating.

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9 September 2016