4 Tips to Avoid Common Plumbing Problems
During the holidays, as a homeowner, you know that there are a lot of things that can go wrong. With more family and friends at your home than usual, you may be overwhelmed by plumbing issues.
Plumbing problems are some of the most common and costly issues to deal with. But don't despair! You can do a few simple things to avoid common holiday season plumbing problems. Read on for four tips that will help keep your plumbing in tip-top shape.
1. Prepare Your Drains
One of the most common plumbing problems is clogged drains. When water freezes in your pipes, it expands and can cause pipes to burst. To avoid this, prepare your drains for winter by disconnecting hoses, insulating exposed pipes, and allowing faucets to drip during cold weather.
2. Avoid Broken Sink Fixtures
Another common plumbing problem is broken sink fixtures. This can happen when you turn the faucet too hard or when something falls and hits the sink. To avoid this, be careful not to over-tighten the faucet and be careful not to put anything heavy on or near the sink.
3. Take Gaps Between Showers
If there are more guests over than usual, it’s best to take 15-minute breaks between showers to avoid running out of hot water and dealing with clogged drains. If you take showers back-to-back without allowing time for the first shower to drain, you could end up with a clogged drain. To avoid this, take gaps between showers or run the ventilation fan while showering to help clear the air. This will also prevent mold growth.
4. Avoid a Running Toilet
A running toilet can waste a lot of water and increase your water bill. To avoid this, check that the float ball is positioned properly and that there are no leaks in the tank or bowl. If you have questions about properly positioning the float ball, consult your plumber or check your toilet's owner's manual.