Barrie Plumbing Tips
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If you are looking for ways to make the most of your plumbing, you have come to the right place. At M.A.C. Stewart Plumbing , we are dedicated to the safety and comfort of our customers at every turn. The following are some plumbing tips that come straight from our professional and experienced plumbers:
Keep a Pipe Clamp Handy. Because we are available 24/7/365, you won’t have to handle the entire repair on your own if your pipe springs a leak. However, while you wait for our prompt arrival, you may need to put a pipe clamp on the leak to stop the water temporarily.
Prevent Clogged Drains. To prevent having your drains clogged, our expert plumber suggests cleaning your shower and tub drain strainers out every time you use them. In addition, keep grease out of the kitchen sink, and rarely use chemical cleaners, if at all. Pop-up stoppers that are in many bathroom tubs and sinks should also be pulled out and cleaned at least once a week.
Look for Problems. To save money, our Barrie plumber suggests preventing costly leaks in the dishwasher by looking for water damage surrounding the machine. Around the sinks, you can re-caulk and check for a slow-draining pipe. When you notice any of these issues, contact M.A.C. Stewart Plumbing immediately for less costly repairs.
Conserve Water. Save water and save money by turning off the water when it is not needed. Consider whether your shower or a bath would take up more water. Set a timer and limit yourself in the shower. Fill the sink to wash the dishes, rather than running the tap. Call us as soon as you notice a leak.
Maintenance and Prevention:
Prevention is much better than cure, both for you and your pocket when it comes to central heating and winter plumbing problems. Start off by giving your boiler an annual MOT. Not only will it make it more efficient (saving you money on heating bills) but a well-maintained boiler is less likely to break down.
To remove unsightly mineral deposits on your shower head, put one cup of vinegar in a plastic bag and place it over the shower head. Hold it in place with a twist tie and let stand overnight. In the morning, remove the bag and wipe off the mineral deposits with a damp cloth.
To prevent clogs, do not use your toilet as a wastebasket. Do not flush facial tissue, sanitary products or diapers as they do not dissolve and can clog the lines. Keep a rubbish container in each bathroom.
Protect Your Home Against Water Damage
Preventing Frozen Pipes:
Insulate external pipes and any internal ones that are exposed to freezing, paying attention to corners and elbows pipe work as these tend to be the most exposed.
Turn off any indoor valves on pipes leading to taps outside your home. Then open the outside tap and leave it open to let any water drain. This will ensure there's no water in the pipes to freeze.
In Barrie cold weather, check all your taps in your home from time to time. If little or no water flows there may be frozen water in the pipes.
If you're away from home during the winter, ask someone to check your home - this should help ensure burst pipes are spotted early and any damage is kept to a minimum.
Loft Insulation In Your Home:
A burst pipe in the loft could lead to serious water damage and the risk of a collapsed ceiling, so making sure your loft is well insulated in preparation for freezing temperatures is really worth the effort.
Apply foam insulation to pipes in your loft and make sure joints and bends are covered. Lay the foam on top of the pipes and not beneath them.
Slow Draining Sinks:
If your sink drains are chronically slow and you live in an older house, the problem may be an accumulation of sludge in the lines.
No amount of plunging and chemicals is going to fix this. What's needed is to climb up onto the roof of your house with a metal snake (preferably one with a business end looking a bit like a ball peen hammer) and ram that snake down each of the drain lines, entering through the vent stacks, with a fair amount of force. You should also snake out any drain clean-outs you can find at ground level.
Note: Climbing onto your roof can be very dangerous, better to get someone else to do it, preferably someone with good experience.