Given the increase of pipe usage with holiday guests, we want homeowners to prepare for common plumbing issues before it’s too late. One thing residents do not want this winter is a plumbing problem – luckily the experts (aka House Call Company) can help! 🙂
- No Hot Water – Properly functioning water heaters are necessary during the holidays. To ensure yours is not overwhelmed, turn up the heat to maximize its capability, 120 degrees F, to help the hot water last longer.
- Garbage Disposal – Rather than instructing guests to put left over food in the garbage disposal and risk clogs, we recommend disposing of table scraps in the trash.
- Toilet Clogs – It seems like common sense, but you don’t want to take the chance that someone flushes down the wrong thing. Have a waste basket handy for guests to throw away trash. Still have concerns? A funny reminder on the countertop may do just the trick (and serve as interesting reading material).
- Frozen Pipes – While the temperature in Hampton Roads doesn’t typically get below freezing until January, it’s a good preventive measure to fit your pipes with insulation or foam the walls and slabs where they reside. In severe cold weather, let uninsulated faucets drip to prevent bursting.
“This holiday season, we don’t want homeowners to deal with plumbing problems while entertaining,” said Raymond Walsh, general manager of House Call Company. “A little preemptive maintenance can go a long way to help prevent water damage and save thousands of dollars in repairs!”
If you know your plumbing system isn’t in good condition, don’t wait for a sign of trouble. Call the professionals immediately. Our plumbers carry leak detection equipment, which can help track down the problem’s source. Give us a call today!