December 7, 2015 Plumbing Services Newsletter - Plumbing Problems

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Common Winter Plumbing Problems

Winter can bring all sorts of problems related to plumbing. There are three common problems that could cause serious damage to the home if not taken care of in a timely manner. If any of these plumbing problems occur, give All Star Plumbing and Restoration a call right away!

Hot Water Systems

With the colder weather, it is common for hot water systems to fail or have issues. To help prevent problems, have routine maintenance done at least once a year, generally before winter hits. Make sure the temperature is set high enough and if it’s a gas system, check the pilot light.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes can cause extensive water damage after the pipes thaw out. If homeowners notice restricted water flow in their sinks, toilets or showers, there’s a good possibility the pipes are freezing. If this happens, leave the tap open to let the water flow. However, calling in a professional plumber could help reduce the chance of a pipe bursting and causing water damage.

Water Line Break or Leak

Usually, garden hoses are commonly attributed to causing water line leaks or breaks during winter. If hoses are left connected to hose bibs, the ice in the hose build’s up pressure in the home’s water lines causing plumbing problems. Disconnect hoses and drain all outdoors pipes before cold weather sets in to prevent this.

All Star Plumbing and Restoration is available 24/7 for those who experience emergency plumbing problems this winter. Give them a call if any of these problems pop up.


Wrapping Pipes for Cold Weather

Insulating pipes can be an inexpensive way to prevent pipes from freezing. Before wrapping pipes, give them a good scrubbing. Clean pipes will make it easier for the insulation to adhere. Also, determine what materials they are made from. That can make a difference in which type of insulation should be applied.

Here are the different types of wraps explained:

  • Spiral-Wrap Insulation: This type of insulation comes in a roll-like tape. It’s generally made out of fiberglass with a reflective wrap. Because it’s not actually sticky, it is recommended to use duct tape when applying it. Wrap it around the pipe, overlapping the edges a bit, before securing it with the duct tape.
  • Fiberglass Insulation: Although it isn’t the prettiest method, wrapping pipes in fiberglass can help keep them warm during the winter. Wear gloves, eye protection, and a dust mask when handling fiberglass insulation. It should also be wrapped in plastic prior to application because of condensation.
  • Foam Covers: These are easy to install and come in every size needed. Simply slip it on the pipe and duct tape the slit to hold it in place.

Homeowners worried about their pipes freezing should contact All Star Plumbing and Restoration. They can help prevent frozen pipes or safely thaw frozen pipes.


Plumbing Tips for New Homeowners

For new homeowners, not being able to call up their landlord to take care of plumbing issues can make them panic. Instead of sweating the minor problems, learn how to take care of them quickly and inexpensively.

Running Toilet

These annoying plumbing problems can waste a ton of water, making it necessary to fix fast. Running toilets usually signify that the water valve isn’t completely cutting off. To find the problem check these:

  • The ball/flapper to see if it is closed
  • The chain, it could be too tight
  • The water level, it could be set higher than the overflow pipe

Clogged Shower Head

Mineral deposits are generally the reason a showerhead starts to clog. There is an easy fix though. All that’s needed is warm vinegar and an old toothbrush. Remove the shower head and let it soak in warm vinegar for about an hour. Take it out and scrub away any leftover deposits before rinsing it and reattaching.

Backed Up Sink

Sinks with garbage disposals can get clogged fairly easily. Before attempting to unclog it, turn off the power to the disposal. Then use spoon or tongs to dislodge the debris. After, run hot water for a minute. If there isn’t a garbage disposal, try plunging the sink or using a drain cleaner.

Leaky Pipe

If a pipe is leaking, the water supply to that pipe needs to be shut off.  Wrap a sheet of rubber around the leaking section and use a hose or sleeve clamp to stop the leak. After, that, call All Star Restoration and Plumbing to repair the leaky pipe.

Stuck Sink Sprayer

Sometimes the spray nozzle’s hose gets stuck on the various pipes under the kitchen sink. To prevent this, attach some one-half inch foam pipe insulation over the valves and pipes.

Some plumbing issues, like the ones above can be handled by homeowners. More serious issues should be handled by a professional plumber though. For any plumbing issue small or large, All Star Plumbing and Restoration is just a phone call away.



Decorating the Bathroom for the Holidays

The bathroom is one area that can be decorated all year round. Get in the holiday spirit with these bathroom decorating ideas:

  • Change out the towels

Find some holiday-themed or colored bathroom towels to create a festive feeling. Mix red and green plaids with solids, or find some with snowflakes. Display them on a towel bar or stack on a shelf.

  • Use winter scents

Candles, sprays and soaps come in a variety of holiday scents. Those like cranberry, balsam or even sugar cookie can bring up great holiday memories for guests.

  • Hang a wreath

If counter space is an issue when decorating the bathroom, put a wreath on the back of the door instead. It takes up less room and can bring in wonderful fragrances such as balsam or cedar.


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