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Simple Steps to Protect your Pipes
Living in Michigan most of my life, I learned at a young age how important it was to protect your pipes. I remember my parents installing in us the thing we needed to do and I have carried them with me into my adulthood. This has even rubbed off on my daughter. I woke up the other morning to be informed that it was freezing outside and I had better make sure to watch the pipes. Even living in Tennessee, we like to be careful because it can get cold here in the winter. To help you protect your pipes this winter season, I have some simple steps you can take to make sure that you protect your pipes now and all year long.
Open Cupboard Doors – If you have pipes (like ours in the kitchen) that are on an outside wall, they can get cold quickly and freeze. When you open cupboard doors, you allow the heat in your home to easily access these colder areas. This simple step can help keep your pipes from freezing and doesn’t cost anything.
Let your faucets trickle – Normally we don’t want our faucets to be trickling or leaking because it can add to a increase in our water bill and be a sign of a bigger problem. However, in the winter water in the pipes can freeze if temperatures drop too low. You can eliminate this by keeping the water moving which will help eliminate pressure in the pipes from frozen water and reduce the risk of your pipes bursting. This is very beneficial for faucets on an outside wall.
Insulate your pipes – If you have some extra money, you can also spend it on insulating your pipes. This is beneficial if you have pipes under a crawl space or live in a modular home where pipes may be open to the elements. You can also buy wraps for your pipes that are heated to provide constant warmth during the winter months. In one of our previous houses we did this because our outside wall lacked enough insulation to stop our pipes from freezing. A few dollars spent on prevention is better than a large amount of money spent on repairs.
Keep your thermostat high enough – It is tempting to lower our thermostats when we are away from home for extended periods of time but if you drop it too low you run the risk of your pipes getting too cold. Keep your thermostat at least at 60 degrees.
Do Routine Maintenance – It is easy to forget that pipes and plumbing need to be maintained in order to work properly. We tend to only notice when things break or go wrong. However, time spent doing routine maintenance on your plumbing and septic system (if you have one) can save you thousands of dollars on costly repairs. Clean your pipes with Roto-Rooter Build Up Remover and Roto-Rooter Septic Treatment . These products are a valuable tool in the routine maintenance of pipes and help to prevent common issues that many homeowners face.
Roto-Rooter Build Up Remover prevents grease from building up with a natural enzyme that is designed to coat the pipe walls. It helps eliminate the build up before a clot can form and prevent water build up. It is safe to use on septic systems and helps remove unpleasant odors with a fresh citrus scent. It is recommend to use monthly as part of your routine maintenance.
Roto-Rooter Septic Treatment is scientifically formulated to help prevent septic backups. It has a 2 times more enzymes than the leading national brand which helps it eliminate more paper, fats, oils, grease, protein and starch. It also helps to eliminate unpleasant odors and dampness in leach fields. Use it monthly as part of a routine maintenance on your septic system.
These simple steps will help you protect your pipes and avoid the costly repair bill from frozen or backed up pipes. We trust Roto-Rooter products for all our plumbing needs and you can learn more about all the great products they offer including clog removers at Roto-Rooter Products.
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