Plumbing leaks can seem like more of an annoyance than anything, but if they’re not addressed quickly, they can cause major damage to your home. The best way to avoid costly repairs is to avoid getting leaks in the first place. Because colder weather is tough on pipes, here are five tips to help you avoid developing a plumbing leak this winter.
1. Don't use chemical drain cleaners.
The chemicals that most drain cleaners use to clear a clog are too harsh and can erode the inside of your pipes, making them more susceptible to leaking. If your drain develops a clog, be sure and call Mr. Rooter to take care of it for you.
2. Prevent clogs by using drain catchers.
One of the best ways to avoid having to use harsh drain cleaners is to keep large items that can clog your pipes from ever going down the drain in the first place. For a few dollars, you can buy small strainers that fit down into the drain that will catch hair, food and other small objects before they end up in the drain.
3. Invest in a water softener.
Most water contains minerals that can build up in your drain over time. If you have ever seen stalagmites or stalactites in a cave, then you know what happens when water leaves the minerals it carries behind. A water softener will remove these minerals before they build up in your drain.
4. Have your plumbing inspected before winter hits.
Like they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. A pre-winter inspection can ensure that your pipes will stay strong and sturdy when the temperatures drop.
5. Learn where your home’s main water shut-off valve is.
Knowing how to shut off your water main can keep a small plumbing leak from becoming a major flood. When you discover a leak, it's always best to turn the water off until we can get there to fix it. In some cases, you can turn it off directly at the source, such as with a toilet or sink. In other cases, you may need to turn the water off entirely. The faster you call us to fix it, the less potential there is for long-term damage or costly repairs.
Call Mr. Rooter of Southeast WI today!