With the temperatures dropping, pipes freeze. Here are some tips to help thaw yours out.
- First, you need to turn off the water at the shut-off valve.
- Next, open the faucet at the lowest point in the house. If you have a basement, I recommend a faucet there. When you do this, it allows water to drain out as the ice melts. (I suggest a basement, because this allows water to drain from the entire house to the lowest point.)
- Finally, you can heat the exterior of the pipe with a hair dryer. Be sure you apply heat slowly, and you don’t keep heat in one spot.
Do NOT attempt to thaw exposed frozen pipes with an open flame, such as an acetylene torch. This can generate a spark or cinder that could cause a fire, especially in enclosed areas.
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With the holidays upon us, it is always nice to take time to reflect on what matters most in our lives. Being with family is very important, and I am happy to celebrate the time with my family. To make our day go a little bit smoother, I follow these helpful suggestions.
- Ask family members to bring their specialty dish so all the work does not fall to you.
- Do your staple shopping a few weeks ahead to avoid the rush.
- Assign the task of setting the table to the younger children who can get creative with decorating with leaves or pinecones from the yard. Have them color pictures of each guest to use as place settings.
- Remember to let the turkey sit for a few minutes before carving to prevent losing flavorful juices.
- Always have an “extra” wrapped gift should a surprise visitor arrive. Chocolates or a popular book are always nice.
- Wrap gifts as you purchase them to avoid feeling overwhelmed at the last minute.
This December, we at Mr. Rooter Plumbing® wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.
During the holidays I happily open my home to family and friends. As many of you can relate to, it is a busy time filled with gift buying, decorating the tree, parties, and preparing the perfect turkey.
My favorite part of the holiday are those precious moments with my family spent enjoying quiet time together. I just love watching the original Christmas special “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss and that moment his heart grows “three sizes too big” when he remembers the true spirit of the holiday. Here’s wishing all of you that holiday spirit this year and some time to remember the important parts of the season.
Having a plumbing problem certainly can dampen the spirit so I thought I’d share with you some tips to at least keep your plumbing running smoothly while your home is filled to the brim with people.
With extra visitors in your home, you may find these bathroom reminders useful:
- Wait ten minutes between showers.
- Avoid flushing items that don’t break down easily: cotton balls, paper towels, facial tissue and sanitary products.
- Know how to use the water shut-off valve behind the toilet bowl in case of an emergency.
- Remove small objects from the top of the toilet tank that could fall in, causing it to clog.
Happy Holidays from the Mr. Rooter Plumbing team……
This is where we’ll be adding our tips, ideas and even some funny stories about plumbing. Believe me, since we’re the largest plumbing service company in Arizona, we’ve really seen it all!
Here are some helpful tips for home plumbing. Should you wish to perform your own plumbing maintenance using the information we provide on this website, please be aware that Mr. Rooter Corporation cannot be held responsible for any actions not taken by a trained Mr. Rooter technician.
- Water Efficiency: A low flow toilet alone uses 20 percent less water per flush. Combine that with an efficient shower head that also uses 20 percent less water, and the utility bill savings are obvious.
- Don’t put pumpkin pulp and seeds down the garbage disposal: Instead of breaking down like most foods, the orange pulp hardens and clogs the drain.
- Don’t flush your money: Take a whirl at inspecting your toilet.
- Drain Gurgling: This is a blockage of air in the drain, typically caused by a clog. Removing the clog should fix the problem.
- Don’t Let Food Reek Havoc: Young children often huddle under the covers in their bedrooms, certain that a monster prowls in the closet or under the bed. Most parents will open the closet door or peek under the bed to remind them that the coast is clear. But if your children accused your kitchen sink of harboring a shady presence, would you be able to deny it? Something foul may be lurking in your sink. Here are some tips for removing garbage disposal odor.
- How to Detect a Silent Leak: Put several drops of dark food coloring into your toilet tank. If the dye appears in the bowl, you need to replace the valve seal ball or flapper at the bottom of the tank.
- Water Conservation: If every household in America and Canada had a faucet that dripped once each second, 928 million gallons of water a day would leak away. Here are some tips for conserving water.
- Choosing a Water Heater: Here is a handy guide to finding a water heater.
- Emergency Shutoff Valves: Prevent plumbing headaches and even property loss. Learn about emergency shutoff valves.
- Shower Drain Clogs: Most shower clogs can be corrected easily with a minimum of hassle and mess. Here are some things you can do with a clogged drain before you call the plumber
- Whistling Noise : It could be a broken faucet washer or extremely high water pressure.
- The Root of the Problem: It’s surprising, but true – roots from a tree or bush several hundred yards and several houses away can damage your home’s plumbing system if they break into your pipes. It’s called root intrusion, and it can create major blockage in your line.
- Holiday Tips: Don’t let a clogged drain dampen your holiday spirit. Here are some tips for preventing a clogged drain.
- Super Bowl parties can be a super problem for plumbing systems if you don’t tackle some plumbing precautions.
- Use Food Coloring to Save Money: Click here to find out how.
- Citrus Peels Can Deodorize Garbage Disposal: Click here to find out how.
- Earth Day Tips: Learn how to look for leaks and conserve water .
- Save Water, Save Money: Let Mr. Rooter® Plumbing show you how to conserve our most precious resource, water.
- Water Conservation Checklist: Click here for the checklist.
- Energy Efficiency Tips: Thanks to tax credits, making your home more energy efficient is no longer a taxing problem on your pocketbook. Click here to find out how.
Please note: While we have done our best to offer useful information, these tips are only suggestions, and we recommend you call us for information specific to your situation. Click here to view our Legal Statement.