Preparing your plumbing for the winter is a wise alternative to frozen pipes. Turn off the water to your home using the main shut-off… When your pipes freeze from the water still in them call Clear Drain to come replace all your lines. Tip #1 if winterizing your home call Clear Drain. Tip #2 if trying yourself refer to Tip #1.
Category Archives: Do-It-Yourself Tips
Furnace Air Filter
Make sure you change or clean you air filter every couple months. You will save your furnace motor from a premature death as well as save you on your energy costs.
Clean Air Cleaner
The pre-filter and collection cells of an electronic air cleaner should be cleaned at least two or three times per year.
Kitchen Drain Clogs
You don’t appreciate a clean drain until you don’t have one! Usually, kitchen sink drains clog because of a build-up of grease over time. A couple times a month drain a full sink of hot water along with the hot water faucet running for five minutes to help melt the grease and keep your sink from clogging.
Weak or changing water pressure usually points to a mineral buildup in the showerhead. Clean the outlet holes with a pin or unscrew the faceplate and soak it overnight in vinegar or CLR. Scrub it clean before replacing it on the showerhead.
Scalding Tap Water
Thousands of people are scalded by tap water every year. Check the temperature on your hot water tank to make sure you won’t scald your loved ones (namely elderly and children).
Water Moisture in the Home
Make sure that vents (with a ventilating fan) are installed in your kitchen and baths and they are not turned on! Double check to make sure screws and nails in the bathrooms and in the room adjacent to the bathrooms are not in the venting or soil stack as they will cause leaking. Stacks are generally located directly behind your toilet. Loose toilets are a mature cause of moisture problems, lifting your toilet and replacing the wax seal and toilet flange will most often fix this problem.
To prevent mildew ventilate basements or run dehumidifiers to dry the air, walls and furnishings. Don’t hang wet clothes in your closets. Keep your showers and tubs clean of soap-scum so that they dry quicker. Replace the caulking every 1-2 years with a mildew free caulking for kitchens and bathrooms. Air-out your bathroom cabinets and under kitchen sink…
Use cold water when the garburator is operating. You can clean your garburator by grinding ice cubes and when it needs a little freshening, just grind some lemon peels. Avoid stringing or starchy products such as celery, Taber corn husks and potato peels. Of course, you should read your maintenance manual.
Insulate those pipes before it gets cold! When temperatures are at or below freezing, running a steady drop of hot and cold water from your faucets may keep your pipes from freezing. If your pipes are not insulated, they can freeze even with a small flow of water, so insulate. For mobile homes use heat tape to save on your water bill.