Our third and final installment of the “winter plumbing tutorial” articles will give you a reminder to help you to conserve water and energy even in the cold months of winter. With these handy tips from the Raleigh plumbing professionals at Poole’s Plumbing, you can tackle these all important conservation issues and be just as efficient in the trying winter months and avoid any unwanted and unnecessary castastrophes in the process.

The first tip from the Raleigh plumbing professionals at Pooles’ is one that may seem obivious, yet is certainly worth a reminder, and that is to attend to your thermostat regularly. Keeping the temperature set as low as your are comfortable with, and remembering to turn the thermostat down when you are out of the house for any extended period of time are both easy ways to conserve energy and cash. It has been noted at the website, that turning your thermostat down at least 10 degrees for eight hours during the winter months (while at work, for instance) can save as much as 10% a year on your heating bills.

Adjusting your windows is another easy way to save that the Raleigh plumbing professionals at Poole’s Plumbing recommend. Doing this on top of making certain any curtains on south-facing windows in your home are wide open during the cooler winter months in order to encourage sunlight to come in and heat your home. Additionally, insulating all windows to prevent drafts by applying clear plastic film to the inside of window frames and insulating drapes can also be simple saving measures that can be done by any homeowner.

The prevention of fireplace heat loss by always keeping your fireplace damper closed unless it is in use is another saving measure that the Raleigh plumbing professionals suggest to help save in the winter months. If you simply make sure to close the damper, you will have the warm air trapped within your house, while leaving it open is effectively the same as leaving a window open in winter. Also, when using the fireplace, close all the doors leading into the room in which the fireplace is located and keep a windownear the fireplace open to maximize the heat off the fire. This allows for you to lower your thermostat and heatthe room with the warmth off the fire.

Lastly, to conserve water, Pooles’ Raleigh plumbing professionals remind you to always manage your water heating costs. Water heating is a big deal and can turn into big costs as it accounts for as much as 25% of the energy used by your home. Remember to adjust your water heater to its warm setting (120 degrees F) and keeping up with regular servicing of your heater will also ensure it runs at an optimal level, saving you from high energy costs. Basically, regularly draining your water heater’s tank every few months will aid in keeping costs down, particularly in the winter when the temperature drops.

The Raleigh plumbing professionals at Poole’s Plumbing know that many fear the possibility ofa plumbing disaster once the thermometer starts to drop, but by following these simple do-at-home-tips, you can ease your mind, and in some cases your wallet as well during the cold months of the season.



Raleigh NC PlumbersWith the temperature in the area beginning to drop as the fall months wind down and the cold of winter approaches, the most trusted Raleigh NC Plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing have some tips that can help you to not only conserve but also to be sure to avoid issues that are somewhat common in the colder weather.

Some of the more frequent plumbing issues that come about in the winter months are running out of or having no hot water for showers, flooding, leaks, broken radiators, and frozen or cracked pipes. In this first of two parts on avoiding winter plumbing issues, you can follow the easy tips listed below by the Raleigh NC Plumbers at Poole’s, to help avoid and at minimum make these problems less likely to occur as the temperature outside drops.

Clogged Drain Prevention

There are a few ways to help avoid your drains getting clogged and thus avoid extra strain on them as the winter months bring about the possibility of freezing. The first way is to treat your tub and sink drains using a mixture that can easily be made at home on a regular basis. Use 1 cup of baking soda, mixed with 1 cup of salt, and a ¼ cup of cream of tartar. Follow this mixture by pouring two cups of boiling water in each drain. Another thing to remember in keeping drains unclogged, especially around the holidays with all the extra cooking around the house is to avoid the dumping of any oils and grease or stringy object down your drain or into the garbage disposal. Likewise, run cold water through the disposal for 15-20 second both before and after using it and always turn it on before putting any food or debris in.

Insulate your Pipes

Using foam padding sleeves or insulation tape, this is a simple way to help avoid both your hot and cold water pipes from freezing up. Using a space heater that is set at a safe distance from any exposed fixtures or pipes to keep them warm is another way to avoid them from freezing up. Also, check basement and not often used pipes throughout your home regularly for ice or frost accumulation once the temperature has hit freezing to be sure they have not started cracking.

Running Water

This one is very simple. Be sure to run water from all valves and spigots in your home regularly throughout the winter. Especially in the case of those not used so often, this can avoid the issue of them freezing up.

Unattach Outdoor Hoses

Remember to unattach garden hoses that are outdoors before the temperature drops to freezing levels. Also, be certain to drain any residual water from the outside spigots and hoses and close the shut-off valve on any pipes leading to these.

Spreading out Showers

This is somewhat self explanatory, but having at least 10-15 minutes between showers helps to maintain proper pressure and consistent hot water levels. When the temperature outside drops, you may want to increase the temperature level on your water heater as well, but never put it higher than 125 degrees Fahrenheit.

These simple tips from the Raleigh NC Plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing are ones that you can do personally in your own home to help stay away from plumbing issues and possible disaster this upcoming winter. In the follow up to this post, we will continue to discuss how to protect your pipes as the cold weather hits, in addition to the steps to take in the case that your pipes do freeze, burst, or crack this winter. To view that post, check back here to the blog section at