February is the month to celebrate love. But when things are broken, such as your plumbing system, it’s hard to love that!
So what are some of the most common plumbing problems you can experience, and how can you avoid them? Weather Master is here to save the day and tell you:
1. Frozen pipes
First off, it’s not very likely that you’re going to have frozen pipes in Raleigh this late in the winter, but it’s still good to know how to avoid them! Frozen pipes can be a pain for homeowners and their plumbing systems, because if they burst or even crack, it will cause major problems to your home. Some great ways to avoid frozen pipes when it gets cold are:
- Insulating pipes with pipe insulation or heat tape
- Making sure any outdoor hoses are disconnected and pipes leading outside are drained
- Letting water drip from faucets
- Opening cabinet doors on outer walls
2. Leaky faucets
Leaky faucets can be a pain to deal with. Sometimes, they indicate an even worse problem, such as corrosion. Usually, a faucet leak is caused by a loose washer or a damaged O-ring, which is the ring around the faucet valve. Defective washers and O-rings will need to be replaced. Some people make these repairs themselves, but without experience, it’s better to contact a professional!
3. Corroded pipes
One of the biggest plumbing problems any homeowner can have is corroded pipes. If you suspect your pipes are corroding, it’s best to get them checked immediately! Corrosion can be caused by rust or mineral deposits. These deposits will continue to build up more and more over time if not properly dealt with. Of course, this is only a problem for metal pipes. If your home has old metal pipes, you’ll want to be on the lookout for signs of corrosion such as brown water, a strange odor or taste, or low water pressure. This corrosion will cause major issues for your home if it goes unchecked, so make sure to get help from our plumbers!
Most people are used to dealing with un-clogging toilets, but of course you can also experience clogged drains in your sinks or showers. Be careful about using a chemical drain cleaner, though, because if it doesn’t remove the clog and instead gets stuck in your pipes, this is another thing that eats pipes! It’s best to contact a professional for this kind of work!
5. Call us
The last piece of advice we have for you is, if you have any problem at all, don’t hesitate to call us at Weather Master today! We’re here for your home day or night, and can help you with everything from your pipes to your faucets to your toilets. Weather Master is the best choice for all your Raleigh plumbing needs. Schedule an appointment online or call now: (919) 853-7910