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Tips for Preventing Clogs in Your Home’s Plumbing

Drain Clog

A clogged drain can be a real pain. The good news is, you can prevent clogged drains in your house with some relatively easy, preventative measures. What to do with grease? Cooking grease is liquid only when it’s hot. When it cools off, it becomes a drain-clogging solid. Use an old can (coffee can, tomato…

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What are These? A Guide to Common Plumbing Pipes In Your Home

Plumbing DIY

Weather Master technicians know plumbing pipes, but that doesn’t mean homeowners do. We want you to feel more comfortable with your plumbing system. That’s why we created this quick guide about the most common pipes and their uses in your home. This will come in handy when you’re looking to repair your Raleigh-area home’s plumbing.…

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Keeping Your Drain Clear

Clogged drain

There is nothing worse than a slow drain. Here are some tips to help keep your kitchen and bathroom drain clear to avoid making the issue bigger.

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Roots

Roots can be a big problem. They can grow into the joints of the pipes. A little “root-x” flushed down the toilet can reduce the growth of roots in your pipes. It needs to sit in the pipes overnight, so do it before bed.

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Pipe Insulation

Insulate those pipes before it gets cold! When temperatures are at or below freezing, running a steady drop of hot and cold water from your faucets may keep your pipes from freezing. If your pipes are not insulated, they can freeze even with a small flow of water. So, insulate those pipes! But beware; insulated…

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Mildew

You can help to avoid mildew problems with these preventative actions. Ventilate basements or run dehumidifiers to dry the air, walls and furnishings. Don’t hang wet clothes in your closets. Keep your showers and tubs clean of soap-scum so that they dry quicker. Air-out your bathroom cabinets and kitchen sink cabinet often.

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Water Moisture in the Home

Make sure that vents (with a ventilating fan) are installed in your kitchen and baths. These rooms can produce a lot of moisture. Ventilating fans are great but will be of no use if they are not turned on! So make sure that you use them!

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Garbage Disposal

Use cold water when the disposal is operating. You can clean your disposal by grinding ice cubes. When your disposal needs a little freshening, just grind some lemon peels. Of course, you should read your maintenance manual.

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Scalding Tap Water

Thousands of people are scalded by tap water every year. The Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association recommends that the full-on hot water temperature at the faucet be set between 120° and 125° F.

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Winterize a Vacant Home

Preparing your plumbing for the winter is a wise alternative to frozen pipes. Turn off the water to your home using the main shut-off valve by contacting the water company. Open all faucets, both indoors and outside, starting with the upstairs. After all water has dripped from the taps, drain the main shut-off valve by…

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