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.

Burst Pipes: What To Do To Avoid Them In Winter

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Water problems can be stressful at any time of year, but discovering that you've got a burst pipe can be especially troublesome in the winter. Typically, a pipe will burst because it has become so cold that the water inside it expands, resulting in higher and higher internal pressure until the pipe busts open. The mess and inability to use warm water until the pipe is replaced can be more than you're willing to deal with. Luckily, the following steps can be taken so that you can take care of pipes and keep them intact.

Use Foam Sleeves

Foam insulation sleeves are often the easiest and cheapest way to keep your pipes wrapped and warm enough to deter bursting. You can buy the sleeves already pre-cut at local home stores and they can be put onto your pipes in an afternoon.

Purchase Electric Heating Cables

Another tactic you can use so that the pipes in your plumbing system don't crack and bust open is to invest in electric heating cables. These cables can be wrapped around or taped to your pipes to warm them. They must be plugged in to work, and some models come with their own thermostat so that they can start heating up when the temperature hits a certain level.

Leave a Trickle Going

An easy way to avoid having a pipe burst at any time is to allow the faucets to remain open just a trickle. This might not seem like it does much, but moving water is much less likely to freeze, which means that the chances you'll have to deal with a bursting pipe go down.

Don't Shut Down the Heater

Are you traveling this winter? Remember your pipes so that you'll be able to head back without finding a burst pipe and water all over the place when you return. It's natural that you'd instinctively try to shut down the heat inside the home to save money; after all, no one is going to be there. If you do this, however, the temperature could go down enough for a pipe to crack and bust, causing water to ooze all over. If you aren't at home when that happens, it can lead to a mess that you'll have to pay to repair and you might have replace carpeting or other things inside your house.

Pipes can remain intact, even at low temperatures, if you manage to use the information above. Have a plumber investigate the pipes and ensure that they look good; if you suspect a problem, call your plumber right away to handle the problem before too much damage is done. For more information, contact local professionals like Young Plumbing Corporation.

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11 November 2016