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Be on the Look Out for Winter Plumbing Problems Before They Prove Costly or Disastrous

Moving along from one helpful two-part series courtesy of the Raleigh plumbing professionals at Poole’s Plumbing, and right into another three-part tutorial of sorts, over the course of the next month, as the temperatures will no doubt be dropping, we will be offering up some important reminders covering how you can avoid plumbing issues, both large and small throughout the winter months. When said temperatures begin to dip below freezing, your home’s plumbing is susceptible to a variety of Winter Plumbing Problems and awareness of these potential issues detailed below can help not only to save money, but can actually prevent potentially serious home damage.

Failing hot water systems are a common problem in the winter due to pervasive cold weather, and water heating issues, in general, are one of the most common reasons plumbers are called into action at any point of the year. You’ll want to ensure the temperature setting on your water heater is set high enough. Additionally, if you possess a gas water heater with a pilot light, this light needs to be lit. If adequate hot water is still not attainable, you’ll want to contact your plumber, although it is always best to have your water heater serviced ahead of the winter season when it is not being pushed to its limit.

Frozen pipes are a common household occurrence during cold weather months and are caused by high water pressure from the main combined with below freezing temperatures. The most obvious giveaway of a frozen pipe is restricted water flow, so keep an eye out for changes in flow during the winter months. If you suspect a pipe is frozen, consider leaving your tap open slightly in order to allow water to flow. This water movement can prevent freezing, although it will affect your water bill over extended periods of time. If leaving the tap open isn’t an option or freezing persists, you’ll want to cut the water main switch and contact professional assistance as soon as possible.

A water line leak or break will cause severe damage to your home. Perhaps surprisingly, frozen garden hoses can lead to this damaging occurrence. When a garden house is left connected following a freeze, the ice within the hose will gradually build up pressure in your home’s water lines, eventually leading to a leak or break if it is not attended to. Ensure that your garden hoses are drained and disconnected prior to a cold snap, and drain all outdoor pipes during this maintenance. Also, the installation of insulated faucet jackets on your outdoor faucets is recommended to shield against freezing winter temperatures. Finally, use shut-off valves within your home, if available, to drain water from your pipes. These valves are often located under sinks and alongside water heaters.

Restricted water drainage can be caused by snow on the ground in the area surrounding your sump pump discharge line. Snow blocking this drainage area can cause water back-up and freezing.

Any or all of these common winter plumbing problems can prove to be very pricey and eventual have disastrous results if not monitored and taken care of. If you do notice any of these starting to become a problem, don’t hesitate, call the Raleigh Plumbing professionals at Poole’s Plumbing to put the “freeze” on your problems.

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Keeping Your Drains Clean with At-Home Remedies

Keeping the drain in your sink or bathtub  is important for many reasons and can be done with very little effort to help avoid running into costly and possibly dangerous plumbing issues. The problems that could arise from a clogged drain range in severity from wanting avoid those pungent and unpleasant odors to the touch more serious issue of getting pesky drain gnats. Also, failing to keep your drains clean will lead to buildup that can cause water in your sink or tub to empty at a much slower rate.

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Contrary to popular belief, keeping your drains clean and clear is really a simple process that can be done at home as long as you are willing to take a few minutes every few days to do so. The easiest method of avoiding buildup is to run scalding hot water through all drains in your home every couple days to make sure that there is no clogging. There are also many available products you can uy relatively cheap that can keep your drains smelling clean and fresh. If you do notice buildup starting or that your drain is becoming clogged you should always address the issue as early as possible, as not doing so could prove an expensive and messy mistake.

A clogged drain is not necessarily an immediate reason to panic as there are many simple remedies that can  clear them, right in your home. Most of these solutions are made from items that you can find in most households. One such method is to pour a tablespoon of baking soda into the drain and immediately follow that with a ¼ cup of either lemon juice or vinegar before leaving it to sit for 30 minutes. Finally, run hot water through the drain and repeat this weekly to stay clear of buildup and to prevent future clogs. Another easy at home method is to pour a strong salt water mixture through your drains to keep grease from building up and to reduce bad odors.

If you have tried these remedies and found they did not work, there are many popular and potent chemical solutions that can be purchased at nearly any store or supermarket that could do the trick.  If these chemicals do not work, it is best to call a your friends and the most trusted of all Raleigh professional plumbers, Poole’s Plumbing, who will be able to remove any blockage and have your drains flowing freely in short order.

Why to Choose Hydro-Jett Services to Clear Your Drain

A clogged drain can be a costly and disastrous problem if not addressed properly, and utilizing the most innovative techniques and equipment in the industry, the foremost authority on Hydro-Jett Services in the Raleigh NC and surrounding area, Poole’s Plumbing is your “go to” for opening up those pesky clogs.

Hydro-Jett ServicesAlthough many are still not aware of the differences in Hydro-Jett Services as opposed to the traditional use of a cable feeding device to clear a drain, the professionals at Poole’s Plumbing, as in all fields, are experts. Utilizing high pressured jets of water that send a spinning stream through your clogged lines at different angles, Hydro-Jett Services leave your pipes clean whether the clog is formed by more common items like grease build up or soap scum, or even the always difficult tree roots. The process is safe on any and all types of drains and as an added bonus to getting your drains cleared, Hydro-Jett Services allows for your yard or pavement to not need to be dug up and made a mess of.

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There are many benefits to choosing the Hydro-Jett Services when having your drains cleared but the following points make clear why this has become the most efficient and effective method for both residential and commercial drain clearing needs.

  • Effectiveness

The overall power of the 3,500 PSI high pressure water jets used by Poole’s Plumbing through their Hydro-Jett Services COMPLETELY clears the line of all debris and build up. While snaking with a cable can remove a blockage or clog, it still leaves residue that will eventually lead to another clog that can be avoided through Hydro-jetting.

  • Cost Efficient

Even though initially the cost for Hydro-Jett services is a bit higher than the more traditional methods, in the long run you lessen the need for future clogs and service calls by completely clearing the pipes affected. Also, hourly labor costs for the services can be saved upon due to the much quicker clearing from Hydo-jetting

  • Environmentally Friendly

While some may question whether the amount of water used in Hydro-Jett Services being wasteful, in actuality compared to either chemical or other procedure, this process is far more environmentally friendly that other drain cleaning methods. Unlike many other of these methods, hydro-jetting is even safe for residences or businesses located close to lakes, rivers, ponds, and other water.

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In addition to these reason to utilize the Raleigh NC professionals at Poole’s Plumbing’s Hydro-Jett Services, they also offer a camera on all of their hydro-jetting lines so that you can personally view how clear the pipes and drains have gotten. For more information or to have Poole’s come out and take a look at your clogged drains, visit the Hydro Jett Clear and Clean Services page on their website at poolesplumbing.com.