Best Techniques For Winterizing Your Water Pipes
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Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.

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Your Bathroom May Be Hiding Dirty Secrets That Are Putting You At Risk For Water Damage

Carla Taylor

There are a number of property owners who mistakenly think that if there are leaks or other plumbing issues that put them at risk for water damage, the risks will be obvious. The issue with this type of thinking is that by the time water damage is obvious, extensive restoration and plumbing efforts may be needed. Your bathroom is a high-risk area that you should routinely observe for potential water damage cues. 

Toilet

Your toilet may show early signs that something in your plumbing system is performing incorrectly. Clogs in the system may initially cause the water levels in the toilet to raise, and the water may exit at a slow rate. Clogs that are not addressed may eventually result in your toilet overflowing. This may seem like a simple clean-up, but if raw sewage is involved, your family might be exposed to harmful pathogens. It is also possible for unsanitary water from an overflowing toilet to penetrate flooring. This can lead to mold or other microorganisms spreading.

You can attempt to rectify suspected clogs by using a plunger or auger. Do not attempt to pour drain cleaners in your toilet unless instructed to do so by a plumber. Clogs that remain after attempting to plunge or using an auger to "snake," should be referred to a professional because they could be a sign of a more serious issue. 

Sink

The area under your sink could be hiding a leak or mold from a prior water damage incident. This may mean that wood and other building materials need to be replaced. Make a habit to look under your sink on a regular basis. You can also use cues such as the sound of dripping water to try to determine if a leak is present. Leaks that go undetected in this area may cause a musty odor in your bathroom if mold or spores are present.

Tub

The tub in your bathroom has a seal around it. Over time, the seal will deteriorate due to age or wear and tear. If the seal is not replaced when it becomes compromised, water damage may occur. The flooring in the bathroom and surrounding areas may get damaged. For bathrooms that are located upstairs, the underlying ceiling may also get water damaged. This is an example of why plumbing inspections are an important part of water damage prevention. 

A plumber is a good resource to use to determine if there are existing issues in your plumbing system that are placing you at risk for water damage. They can also make emergency repairs, which may minimize your water damages. To find out more, speak with someone like Allen Plumbing.


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