Winter Plumbing Tips from the Raleigh plumbing professionals

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.



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.


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.


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.