Prevent These Plumbing Headaches and Enjoy Your Holiday Season
Don’t get bogged down with plumbing problems this holiday season, get ahead of the game by following these simple tips and tricks to prevent some of the biggest plumbing headaches around:
Is Your Faucet Spraying or Dripping?
Over time, sediment builds up inside the spout of your faucet, impeding the water from flowing freely and causing the spout to spray and spit. Additionally, your faucet can drip or leak if there are worn out O-rings or corroded washers in the system. Before the holidays sneak up on you, inspect the faucets to make sure they are flowing freely.
Are You Worried About Burst Pipes?
Burst pipes are one of the most common and preventable plumbing problems. The results of a burst pipe are disastrous and often require extensive repairs. Avoid them by insulating your pipes with foam insulation. Take a look around your home and identify which pipes could be exposed to cold air and focus on those. Keep in mind that even the tiniest crack or crevice can let in enough cold air to freeze a pipe.
Going Away for the Holidays?
Many homeowners choose to go away during the holidays. In these cases, it’s important to safeguard your home against burst pipes even more. Make sure your thermostat is set to 55 degrees or higher to prevent pipes from freezing.
Has the Sump Pump Seized?
If you don’t regularly rely on your sump pump to move water away from your home, you’ll want to test the unit before winter hits to make sure the motor hasn’t seized.
The best way to test the sump pump is by pouring water into the tank and waiting to see if the motor kicks on or if nothing happens. If the pump doesn’t spring into action, the unit may be seized. Call a professional for an expert’s opinion right away.
Lower Your Energy Bills with a Water Heater Insulator
Your water heater strains to remain efficient in the winter months. During the holiday season, your water heater may take longer to heat up, lose heat more quickly and end up increasing your energy bill. By investing in a simple water heater insulator, you can help reduce the strain on the unit, protect the system from cold air and save money during the holidays.
Have You Checked the Outdoor Faucets?
You should have removed your outdoor hoses during your fall home preparations. However, you may have forgotten about the shut-off valve. Make sure the shut-off valve is closed to prevent leaks and burst pipes in the area.
Call Captain Rooter Emergency Plumbers Chicago for all your plumbing repair needs this holiday season. For fast and efficient service in Chicago, IL, call 773-840-7800 today.