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Why It’s Important To Schedule A Plumbing Inspection Before Winter

By October 18, 2019March 11th, 2020No Comments

Plumbing prevention is key when preparing for guests in your home this season. Fall gatherings and family dinners can put an enormous strain on your plumbing system, and you don’t want any disasters with family or friends in town. Give yourself peace of mind this winter by calling Lowery today for a full inspection to ensure that your home is guest-ready. 

Avoid a Plumbing Emergency

Precautionary plumbing inspections are vital if you want to make sure that your home is ready to take on the winter weather. As the temperature makes its way to freezing, it won’t be long before your pipes are put to the test. Here are some basic tips to make sure your system is running smoothly: 

  • Fix any leaks in your plumbing system. Even if it seems minor now, one problem can quickly lead to another. 
  • Check your pipes, valves, and other connections for corrosion. If your pipes are showing signs of rust or decay, call a trained professional to repair or replace them. 
  • Test your water pressure. Low water pressure can be a sign of buildup in your pipes. 
  • Inspect your heating system and ensure that it is working smoothly and efficiently. Replace or call Lowery to replace your furnace filters. 
  • If you have exposed plumbing connections or pipes, consider insulating them. 

Winter Plumbing Tips For Homeowners

With the winter season approaching, you may be cooking big meals for guests, leading to an increase in grease and fat going down the drain and into your pipes. To best protect your pipes from a plumbing backup, try following these simple steps: 

  • Avoid pouring any fats down the drain, as they will solidify and completely clog your pipes.
    • As an alternative, collect all liquid fats and dispose of them in the trash can instead of the drain. 
  • Run plenty of water down your drain before and after using the food disposal. 
    • Ideally, long enough for the water to be able to flush the food entirely out of your pipes. 
  •  If you have multiple guests staying over, spread out the showers and baths as much as possible to give your plumbing system a rest. 
  • Keep showerheads and drains free of sediment and buildup after each use. 
    • Advise guests to clean shower drains from hair and soap residue after use.
    • Clean the showerhead of mineral buildup by soaking it in vinegar. 

Schedule a Plumbing Inspection

To ensure that your home and plumbing system is prepared for the upcoming season, it is crucial to schedule a thorough plumbing inspection. So before you put another thing down the drain, flush the toilet, or run your disposal, call Lowery before you’re one flush too late.