Winter Tips from a Jenison Plumber

With the holidays approaching you may find you need an emergency Jenison plumber because of the weather changes and extra guests staying at your home. The cold months ahead will put extra strain on your pipes, however, the holiday meals and guests will put you at a risk for a Jenison plumber emergency.

Schepers Plumbing can help you with both these problems if you follow their simple Jenison plumber tips.

With colder weather ahead, follow these tips:

  • Disconnect all outside water hoses. The water inside the hoses will freeze and Jenison plumberexpand causing the connected pipes inside to freeze and break if left connected.
  • Fix outside faucets that are dripping/leaking or call a Jenison plumber before freezing temperatures arrive. A small crack is a plastic, copper or steel pipe could break and cause damage and flooding.
  • Use a Styrofoam faucet insulation kit, available at home centers, to cover outside faucets.
  • Flush your water heater to remove sediment buildup, which causes corrosion. To do this, drain a few gallons from the faucet near the bottom of the tank, connect a hose to the faucet and direct water to a nearby drain. Consult a Jenison plumber for more information about your make and model.
  • Clear debris from downspouts and gutters for easy drainage when water freezes and thaws throughout the winter.
  • Inspect and clean sump pump and pit.
  • When leaving home for extended periods, shut off the main water valve and drain the system by opening faucets. Make sure the heat is left on and set no lower than 55°F.

For extra guests and big holiday meals, follow these Jenison plumber tips:

  • Don’t pour cooking fats or oils down the drain. The liquid fats will solidify creating clogs in pipes. Instead, wipe grease from pots.
  • Turn on the disposer before adding food. Before and after using the garbage disposer, run cold water down the drain for 15 seconds.
  • Never put stringy or fibrous waste into the garbage disposer (poultry skins, carrots, celery, pumpkin pulp or banana peels). They will clog your sink drain.
  • Spread out showers through the day; wait 10 minutes between showers rather than taking one right after another.
  • Turn up the water heater slightly to retain hot water. To avoid scalding, do not exceed 125°F.

By following these Jenison plumber tips you will be ready for the cold months, and prepared for the many guests you might have this holiday season.

For more advice about plumbing in the winter, call Schepers Plumbing for all your Jenison plumber needs at 616-669-2210 or contact us.

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