Did you find yourself scratching your head or over your head wondering why you keep having trouble with your plumbing all year round? Believe us, we feel you. We have had customers who had their share of experience. It is no fun to get caught up with plumbing problems at all times, especially when it involves 2 things, time and money. That is probably why so many customers cringe at the idea of plumbing repairs. But don’t you know that the more you hold off the problem, the complicated it gets? Life has to go on for you, and we are here to share with you some ways to keep your plumbing stay in shape in all seasons.
Preparing your Plumbing for Cold and Warm Seasons
Before you get ready for Halloween, make sure your plumbing is also ready for the cold season. Ruptured pipes are the top cold weather causes of pipe damage, which always leaves property owners footing the bill for pipe replacement, water and property damage. So before the peak of the winter season, use your inner handyman detective instinct to look for pipe leaks. You can also tap with the experts to locate suspected leaks for you.
Bear in mind that leaving pipe leaks during the cold season proves more damaging than the rest of the year. So whether your pipes are indoors or outdoors, keep them insulated with heat tape to protect them against chills and reduce pipe stress.
Prioritise insulating pipes connected to your hot water system and those in a non-insulated place such as exposed pipes especially those on the ceilings and walls. It is also best to keep garden hoses away as they are susceptible to bursting, and so you can still use them when the weather becomes warmer again. Installing tap covers and frost protectors are also a valuable investment to avoid dealing with freezing taps.
While keeping your pipes warm during decreased temperature weather may slightly raise your heating bill, the temporary inconvenience is well worth dealing with the frustration of a leaking or burst water line.
Pipes might crack and burst in the cold season, but they can also experience the same during the hot season. Let us face it, between extensive water demand from pools, hoses, and much more, pipelines can get stressed and easily give in; Another thing to take note of during this time of year is that at the height of summer heat, the ground can dry out, increasing risks to the sewer line. As a result, your home’s foundation can shift, displacing pipes and causing leaks. On top of that, this season makes aggressive tree roots thirst for more moisture and nutrients underground, which often clashes with the main sewer line, resulting in more sewer line cracks.
The bad news is, there is nothing you can do about either problem because it is simply Mother Nature in action. What you can do, however, is to be extra diligent about water usage to avoid overwhelming the plumbing system during this season and adding to the issues at hand.
Other Simple Ways to Keep Your Plumbing in Shape
As the warm season makes way for the cold breeze of winter, most of us are aware of the threat to our plumbing like freezing or leaking pipes. However, extreme heat can also strain our plumbing in many ways we did not think. Let us explore a few ways that can help you reduce the effect of these seasons on your plumbing.
1 – Install drain guards
Whether in the warm or cold season, drain guards are definitely a must-have. With just a few dollars, this can be a worthwhile investment to keep clog culprits such as food waste and hair away. They come in different sizes, type and colour, but they work similarly in filtering debris, hair and other elements.
2 – Keep oily elements away from your drains
They said practice makes perfect; the same is true with plumbing. When you get into the habit of wiping your oily dishes and kitchenware with a paper towel before washing, you can help prevent these oily elements from hitting your drains. Grease, fats, and oil can harden during the cold season. They linger on your pipes causing hair, food waste to get trapped over time and cause significant clogs. So refrain from dumping liquid grease or oily substances down the drain during cooler months.
3 – Run steaming hot water after every dishwashing
Even if you get rid of most grease when you wipe it with a paper towel, little lumps can sometimes have a knack for ending up in your drains. Running steaming hot water on your drainpipes proves to do magic in melting greasy substances. Doing this every after washing the dishes will prevent these grease, fats and oil elements from caking your pipe walls.
4 – Use a drain-friendly bath soap
There is absolutely nothing wrong with using just any type of bath soap, but be mindful of soaps that are terrible for your drains. Bath bombs and those that have moisturising elements and large insoluble particles such as coffee grounds can escape from your drains and over time gives it a hard time to drain the water away. Using a bath bomb may give you a little excitement, but using more than your bathtub can handle can end you up spending thousands on water damage and potential property damage.
5 – Regular drain-cleaning
Regular drain cleaning goes a long way to keep your pipes healthy no matter what seasons of the year, but if they are always taking a long time to drain the water, there is a big chance that clogs are getting in the way, and your best chance is to consider sewer pipe relining. While drain cleaning can remove the toughest buildup during the blasting procedure, it cannot remove clogs caused by tree roots.
Maintaining a Healthy Pipe with Sewer Pipe Relining
While it is good to be proactive in preparing your plumbing for the worse, it still proves worthwhile to leave it to the experts. Sewer pipe relining in Sydney contractors can keep your pipes damage-free all year round.
- They can clear blocked sewer drain using a high-pressure jetting machine.
- Sewer experts can remove clogs on drains, either caused by grease, debris, etc.
- They are experts in trenchless sewer relining, a technique to repair damages on the pipe in just a day’s work without digging.
- Sewer pipe relining enables contractors to install a protective liner inside the existing pipeline to seal off cracks and holes, leaving it seamless and resistant to tree roots and corrosion.
As seasons change, you will inevitably find yourself dealing with some complications with your plumbing ranging from mild clogs to broken sewer pipes as a result of freezing and bursting. The best way to get away with it is to ensure your plumbing is damaged-proof and robust enough to handle different kinds of stress during every shift of temperature.