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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.

Save Every Single Day With Kohler Water Saving Products

by raleigh plumbers on October 21, 2016

In the continuing effort to help you, the customer, become more aware and less wasteful with your household water usage, the name you can always trust in Raleigh NC plumbers, Poole’s Plumbing is an authorized dealer of Kohler Water Saving Products, that can be installed and start you on the road to saving immediately.

In a section titled, “Save Water Every Day,” at Kohler’s official website, they explain in detail how each of the Kohler Water Saving Products is designed to get you starting to save. In the page’s first paragraph, it explains, “At Kohler, we believe great design is form and function in perfect harmony with the environment. This means designing products that don’t just look beautiful and perform exceptionally well, but also use significantly less water.” The post concludes, “Because lowering your water usage shouldn’t mean lowering your standards.”

Kohler Water Saving Products

Further explanation is given as the page goes detail about each individual type of Kohler Water Saving Products, starting with water-saving toilets. “Switching to a water-saving toilet is the single most effective change you can make in your house to conserve water,” is exactly what the experts at Kohler say in this description. The page then goes on to explain that through utilizing the most innovative and latest technologies in plumbing for their Kohler Water Saving Products that the consumer will not have to give up any of the performance they expect to conserve.

Showers are the next item discussed among Kohler Water Saving Products. Noting that a change to a water saving showerhead or hand shower can “make a big difference when it comes to saving water and energy.” As with the comment on the performance of the toilets not suffering one bit, the Kohler site notes, “your showering experience will still be every bit as luxurious as you’d expect a Kohler shower to be.”

The third and last of the Kohler Water Saving Products discussed are kitchen and bathroom faucets. “Our water-saving faucets feature the quality, design and performance you expect from Kohler. So you can have a great-looking bathroom and kitchen, while also feeling great about conserving water.”

Kohler Water Saving Products

Being an authorized dealer of Kohler Water Saving Products, the Raleigh professional plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing can not only install, but also help you to select the products and appliances that best fit you and your household. For more information on Kohler Water Saving Products, visit their website at us.kohler.com.

Inside Fall Plumbing Tips: Avoiding Cold Weather Catastrophes

by raleigh plumbers on October 11, 2016

Continuing with our helpful and easy pointers to give you a head start on avoiding any potentially costly plumbing disasters that could happen as a result of the changing of the seasons and the inevitable drop in temperature, the Raleigh professional plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing continue where we left off on our last article and head indoors for our Inside Fall Plumbing Tips.

Inside Fall Plumbing TipsAs you already know, Poole’s Plumbing is the number one water heater expert in the Raleigh/Triangle area, and there are several easy procedures to follow in our Inside Fall Plumbing Tips to avoid not only losing hot water when the colder temperatures hit, but also to help avoid a messy situation both in your home and your wallet.

Water Heater Maintenance

  • Obviously, with colder temperatures, your water heater unit is working harder during the fall and winter months. The first of our Inside Fall Plumbing Tips is to flush the unit out and remove any and all sediment buildup. If not done, corrosion can occur, which leads to reduced efficiency and actually can shorten the life span of your water heater.
  • Inside Fall Plumbing Tip number two regarding the water heater is to test the unit’s pressure relief valve. BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN DOING THIS, AS THE WATER IS HOT. But when you lift the lever and let it snap back, you should see a burst of water into the drainpipe and if you don’t call your helpful friends at Poole’s to come and take a look at it.
  • Be sure to check the thermostat on your unit. It should be set on 120 degrees Fahrenheit for best performance.

 Shut Off Valves

  • An Inside Fall Plumbing Tip that pertains to the outside of your home as well: if you have inside shut-off valves that lead to your outside faucets be sure they are closed and that those outside lines are full drained
  • Know where your home’s main shut off valve is and if you are leaving for a vacation or a long period of time, shut it off and open all faucets to allow them to drain.

One final Inside Fall Plumbing Tip also pertains to when you will be leaving your home for long periods of time. Always remember to leave your heat turned on at no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit, do that no pipes freeze while you are away.

Our Inside Fall Plumbing Tips and the previous blog post covering the outside of your house can help for a worry free period of time through the upcoming months as the temperature begins to drop. If you do see some type of issue when following these easy-to-follow pointers, call the professionals at Poole’s at 919-661-6334 or contact us through our website at poolesplumbing.com.


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