Winter is in full swing in the Snohomish area. Granted, the pacific northwest isn’t the most frigid place in the country. But it may still be frosty enough to cause frozen pipes. We outline here a few tips for winter plumbing protection.
Winter is said to be the time when homeowners prepare delicious and fatty meals. This is fine and all, but be careful not to pour any resulting grease down the drain. The same goes for fibrous waste, such as carrot peels and pumpkin pulp. These should never go into the garbage disposal.
Our plumbing services are often called to treat a kitchen sink backup during this time of year. Do you know what we almost always find? Solidified grease and vegetable remnants in drains and disposals.
For the bathroom, we recommend turning up the heater to retain hot water. This will provide you with cozy showers while allowing warm water to run through the pipes to keep them from freezing. Do not exceed 125 degrees Fahrenheit, or else the water will become scalding hot. Finally, wait at least 10 minutes after a shower before the next person goes in.
As an added measure, we recommend insulating the pipes. Also repositioning the pipes lower in the ground below the frost line is effective. If a faucet is dripping, we also advise letting it drip. This releases water that may otherwise later freeze inside the pipes.
Water usage changes with the seasons. Winter is the time to take precautions to prevent water from freezing as it makes its journey from the pipes to your faucet. Call Plumbing & Heating Specialist to take advantage of our special offers and protect your pipes from the winter cold.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Serving Customers in Snohomish, King & Pierce Counties, including Lynnwood, Mukilteo, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Bothell, Snohomish, Shoreline, Brier, Mountlake Terrace, Maltby, Lake Forest Park, Everett, Marysville, Lake Stevens & Woodway