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How to Avoid and Thaw Frozen Pipes

by raleigh plumbers on February 8, 2017

Although when usually we get past January and into especially the latter part of February here in North Carolina, we often have the Spring and Summer months that lie ahead in mind, the Raleigh professional plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing want to remind you that there is still a chance of winter plumbing hazards and in the easy to follow steps listed below, you can be certain to avoid a costly catastrophe as you Avoid and Thaw Frozen Pipes.

Case in point that we are not yet completely “out of the water,” when it comes to needing to know the proper steps to take to Avoid and Thaw Frozen Pipes is the recent colder weather we have seen in the past two weeks that has dipped at night below 40 degrees and even into the lower 30’s. Your pipes can freeze once the temperature does drop to 32 degrees Fahrenheit and those most vulnerable to the possibility of freezing would be any located in a basement area, a crawl space, an unconditioned or unfinished attic, those located on an exterior wall, and even pipes located underground.

Avoid and Thaw Frozen Pipes

When looking at it in those terms, pretty much any homeowner would have some type of piping in one of those location, thus, the Raleigh plumbing experts at Poole’s Plumbing can assist you with a few key pointers to Avoid and Thaw Frozen Pipes at each location you may have them. If you happen to turn on a faucet and no water pours out, it could be due to a blockage caused by ice and in each given location, these following “do-it-yourself” tips could prove priceless in avoiding disaster.

Exposed Pipes

  • Remember to open up the faucet to relieve pressure
  • When suspecting a possible frozen pipe, always shut off the main water supply in case it has burst
  • Usage of a hair dryer, electric heating pad, or space heater can help in thawing, but NEVER use an open flame to try and thaw an exposed pipe

Pipes Behind a Wall

  • The easiest and safest method with these pipes is to turn your thermostat up and wait for them to thaw.
  • In situations that need to be addressed immediately, carefully cut a whole in the wall and utilize any of the above methods listed for thawing an exposed pipe

Avoiding Frozen Pipes in the Future

  • Before the winter months arrive, be sure that all garden hoses are disconnected from any spigots
  • Keep a faucet that may be connected to a line that would be in danger of freezing open to allow just a small trickle of cold water to run over night
  • Keep cabinets that it below your sinks open to allow the warm air from your home to circulate around them
  • Insulate any exposed, external wall pipes
  • Never leave your thermostat below 55 degrees in any situation, even if going out of town or on vacation for an extended period of time.

 By following these easy to do, at home tips from the pros at Poole’s Plumbing, you can not only Avoid and Thaw Frozen Pipes, but you also can avoid serious water and financial damage with very little preparation or effort.

In the final article of our three part series aimed at helping you cut back both on costly water bills and on being wasteful around the house, the Raleigh NC professional plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing will take you straight to the washing machine and give you a few pointers as a part of our Laundry Room Water Conservation Tips.

Laundry Room Water Conservation Tips

Much as with the initial two articles in this series which covered conserving in both the kitchen and the bathroom, our Laundry Room Water Conservation Tips more than anything are simply a matter of staying on top of how your appliances work and operate as well as being conscious of the amount of water being used in your household and limiting that amount to what is needed.

To begin with, running your washing machine only when it is full rather than washing smaller loads can save the average family from wasting about 1,000 gallons of water per month. Likewise, being aware and keeping an eye on the size of load that you are washing and matching your water level to that load is another way that you can save.

In actuality, you can start acting on these Laundry Room Water Conservation Tips before you even set foot back in your home when buying your washing machine. By thinking of the best ways to save and conserve water when shopping for a new appliance, checking for a model that has a variety of load size and water cycle adjustments will allow you to better monitor your water usage when doing a wash. Also, with the innovative new technology always being applied to make products more green compliant, purchasing a water saving washing mating for example one with the Water Sense label to be sure your new appliance is high efficiency.

These easy-to-do Laundry Room Water Conservation Tips provided by the most trusted name in Raleigh NC plumbers, Poole’s Plumbing are simple ways to be mindful of the amount of water usage going on under your roof on a daily basis. Keeping a watchful eye out when doing your laundry in addition to utilizing the tips provided in part one and two of our water conservation three-part series, both in the kitchen and bathroom, can have you on the fast track to saving and conserving in no time.




Why to Choose Hydro-Jett Services to Clear Your Drain

by raleigh plumbers on June 15, 2016

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.

Hydro-Jett Services

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.

Hydro-Jett Services

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.