Sheffield, South Yorkshire – September 1, 2015 – Everyone knows that winter is the time of year wherein the plumbing system is most at risk but fortunately, during a recent meet up with Paul from Pro Jet, he had shared some tips on how to maintain the plumbing system during winter. During winter, what you should be focusing on are the holidays and spending time with the people you love, not worrying about your plumbing.
IN THE KITCHEN
Plumbing in the kitchen can be properly maintained when you avoid pouring fats and cooking oil down the drain. Fats and cooking oil tend to solidify once drained and when they do, they can cause clogs. Also, try not to put wastes that are hard to grind in the garbage disposer. This is because the garbage disposer can’t completely grind these wastes and they would only result in clogging.
Before you use the garbage disposer, make sure to run cold water down the drain for about 15 seconds. This also applies after using the garbage disposer. This is important because doing so, would flush the waste.
IN THE BATHROOM
If you want to retain hot water, then turn up the water heater just slightly. Also, make sure to spread out showers throughout the whole day. Wait for about 10 minutes between showers instead of taking one just after another.
Frozen pipes are probably one of the most common plumbing problems. Remember, when water freezes inside a pipe, it will surely expand and then crack the pipe. In order to prevent this from happening, try to install pipes inside an insulated area. You can also bury the pipes on the ground when you place them below the frost line. Another way of preventing frozen pipes is to not place them in attics or garages and instead, on heated spaces.
When they are already placed in an unfavorable area, you can still prevent them from freezing by adding insulating sleeves around them.
Another method is by letting the faucet run or drip during cold weather. This would help prevent the pipes from bursting.
When problems arise, do not wait for them to worsen, call a plumber immediately.