4 Ways to Avoid Frozen Pipes

4 Ways to Avoid Frozen Pipes

It is possible, and easy, to prevent freezing pipes and the costly damage that goes with them, but only if you plan! 1) Be Aware The location of your pipes can influence how prone they are to freeze. If you want to find where you are most at risk, call us at Churchwell, and we conduct a thorough check of your plumbing system for freezing risks. Typically, pipes most likely to freeze include: Exposed pipes in unheated areas of the home. Pipes located in exterior walls. Plumbing on the exterior of the home. 2) Insulate Protect your pipes by insulating them. Some pipes inside the home, like the basement, can be insulated by wrapping newspaper around them. However, in colder areas, it’s better to invest in foam tube insulation. For extreme cold temperatures, you may need to use heated tape specially designed for pipes. 3) Crack Your Cabinets When the cold dips below freezing, leave the doors of your sink cabinets open overnight. Exposing those pipes to the heat inside your home can make a big difference. Keep in mind that if you have any chemical cleaning supplies under your sink, keep it away from pets or children while you leave your cabinets open. 4) Be Prepared for the Worst If you do have a broken/ frozen pipe, you need to know how to shut off your home’s entire water supply. Doing so can save you from major flood damage. Make sure you know where your main shut-off valve is located and be prepared to use it in the case of a frozen...
Thanksgiving Traditions That Will Ruin Your Holidays

Thanksgiving Traditions That Will Ruin Your Holidays

For many plumbers, when they hear the words “Holiday Season” they are most likely thinking about garbage disposals. Why? Because the garbage disposal often clogs, jams, or become entangled when Thanksgiving and Christmas roll around. To avoid this plumbing disaster, follow these simple tips for a worry-free Thanksgiving dinner! 1.  Don’t feed your Thanksgiving dinner to the garbage disposal. Here are some things that should never be put in the garbage disposal. No corn husks No grease No bones No potato skins No eggshells No lettuce No metal 2.  Avoid stuffing your disposal like your Turkey. Clogs can happen when too much food is stuffed down the disposal at once. Do a little at a time with plenty of running water. 3.  Don’t try to fix yourself. Your garbage disposal is not a DIY project and should be looked at by a professional. 4.  Keep your garbage disposal clean by pouring a small amount of dish soap inside and run it with water. Always run cold water when you turn your garbage disposal on. 5.  Don’t run the dishwasher. If you suspect a problem with your garbage disposal, don’t run the dishwasher. The dishwasher discharges into the disposal, so if the disposal is broken your problem will only get...
Visit Us On TwitterVisit Us On FacebookVisit Us On Google Plus