The last thing you want to think about when you’re planning your holiday gatherings is an unexpected emergency home repair, especially one related to plumbing.
To significantly reduce the chances that you’ll require emergency plumbing in Colorado Springs during the holidays (or any time), you can follow the tips below.
Prepare your water heater for heavier use
Your household will likely use more hot water during the holidays if you have guests in town. On top of your water heater being used more heavily, the cold temperatures make the water entering the heater colder, lowering its temperature and requiring the water heater work harder to heat the water.
Help make sure that you and your guests won’t be experiencing any cold showers this winter by adjusting the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees. If you can, you and your family will also want to cut back on the amount of hot water you’re using to help make sure that your water heater is ready for cold weather and any extra houseguests.
Prevent the headache of frozen pipes
As temperatures fall below freezing, it’s all too easy for your pipes to become frozen, or even break. Frozen pipes are a problem that may take a while to become apparent, but you may be able to detect their occurrence by closely watching the water flow from your sinks and shower. If the flow seems especially light, this may be a cause for concern.
To mitigate the situation, turn your sink on to a low water flow, with only a slight drip coming from the faucet. Doing so can help your water to continue flowing and reduce the pressure on your pipes.
You might also consider hiring a professional to place insulation wrapping on your pipes, which may lower the risk of frozen pipes going forward.
Avoid clogging your drains
Your family is likely preparing more food than usual during the holiday months, which means that there’s a high likelihood that you’ll be tempted to wash some of that grease and food down the drain. While you may not notice any immediate issues from placing food or grease down the drain or garbage disposal, these items can build up and create an obstruction in your pipes down the road.
To keep your drain unclogged, make an effort not to pour any oils down it, and don’t place any foods, especially those high in fiber, in the garbage disposal.
If you do end up with a need for emergency plumbing in Colorado Springs, or if you want to have any smaller plumbing issues you may be concerned about looked at by a professional before you start hosting your holiday gatherings, turn to the expert team at BullsEye Plumbing Heating & Air. We proudly provide around-the-clock customer service and offer an extensive list of services, including, but not limited to, installations, repairs, replacements and servicing of a wide variety of common household plumbing fixtures. Contact our experts today for exceptional service and fast results!