Don’t Ruin Your Holiday Season: Avoid These Plumbing Headaches

The holidays are upon us, which means enjoying family dinners, relaxing with your loved ones and ringing in the New Year while looking back on everything we have to be thankful for.

The holidays are not for worrying about plumbing problems, dealing with burst pipes or cleaning up after plumbing leaks.

Here are some of the most common plumbing problems that could threaten to ruin your holidays and some tricks on how to prevent them:

How to Prevent Spraying or Leaking Faucets

Leaking and spraying faucets are an annoyance that could take stressful holiday entertaining to a new annoying level. Prevent these issues by inspecting the faucet before the holidays hit. Look for sediment blocking the spout to prevent spraying and inspect the O-rings and washers to stop a leaking or dripping faucet.

Help Improve Water Heater Efficiency

Your water heater has a tough time staying warm in the winter. This results in a strained unit that’s likely to break down as well as increased energy bills. Simple water heater insulation is the key to helping the water heater retain heat and work less hard to provide hot water. Most major brands sell sleeves that slip over their unique brand, making it easier than ever to protect your water heater from the cold.

Avoid Burst Pipes When You’re Away

If you’re planning a vacation this season, make sure you set your thermostat to 55 degrees or higher to ensure the pipes don’t freeze. Nothing is more frustrating than coming home after a nice relaxing vacation only to find a pipe has frozen and burst while you were gone.

Close the Shut-Off Valve to Stop Problems with the Outdoor Faucets

Hopefully, by now you have already removed your outdoor hoses and stored them for the year.

We also recommend closing the shut-off valve to your outdoor faucets to prevent dripping or leaking in the area. Closing the valve will also prevent pipes freezing and bursting.

Prevent Burst Pipes with Foam Insulation

Even if you don’t go away for the holidays, your home is still at risk for burst pipes. If there are any small cracks or crevices in your walls, your pipes may be exposed to enough cold air to freeze and burst. Using foam insulation on the pipes is recommended to protect them from the cold and prevent freezing.

Don’t Be Let Down by a Seized Sump Pump

For homeowners who don’t use their sump pumps on a regular basis, dealing with a seized pump is common. Increased precipitation in the winter means you’ll be relying on your sump pump more during the season, so make sure it’s working properly. Pour a bucket of water into the tank of the sump pump to see if it triggers the motor to turn on. If nothing happens, the pump may be seized and should be inspected by a professional.

For more help getting your home ready for the holidays and preventing seasonal plumbing headaches, call the experts at All Types Plumbing, Drain & Rooter Services. Call 435-833-9393 today for fast and efficient service in Tooele, UT today.