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How to keep your pipes happy year-round

How to keep your pipes happy year-round

Your plumbing is one of the most important systems in your home—and keeping it running smoothly is imperative to avoid potential problems. Fortunately, you can prevent or minimize problems from occurring if you know the types of things that go wrong most often. Check out some common problems and tips on how to maintain healthy plumbing both inside and outside your home.

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Year-Round Tips

  • Avoid pouring grease down your kitchen drain.
  • Check your water meter regularly while no water is running. If the dial is moving, there could be a leak in your home.
  • If your bathroom or kitchen drains are taking longer than usual to empty, there’s a problem somewhere. It could be a simple clog like hair from the shower. Or it could be more serious like a tree growing into an outdoor pipe. The sooner your Gold Medal Service plumber can check out the problem, the better.
  • Leaky faucets and running toilets are typically a sign that something bigger is going on in your pipes. If you believe you have an issue, call Gold Medal.
  • If your drain has a bad odor, it’s a sign that a clog may be forming. Food will start to collect and rot.

Spring Tips

  • Winter can leave excess debris in your drains, gutters and downspouts. Cleaning them yourself or letting your Gold Medal plumbing team will ensure that your outside doesn’t affect the inside of your home.
  • Your water heater should be set at 120 degrees F to ensure you have the right amount of warm water. It will also help you save money on your energy bills.

Summer Tips

  • Research the plants you’re adding to your yard before planting them. What might seem like a small bush at first, can turn into a tree with strong roots over time. These roots can seriously damage pipelines.
  • Have a neighbor check on your home if you’re going on an extended vacation. Undetected leaks can cause major damage in a short period of time.
  • Sprinkler systems can easily get damaged. Test your system at the start of summer and replace old heads if needed.

Fall Tips

  • As the temps begin to fall, disconnect your outdoor water hoses and drain them of any remaining water.
  • Confirm that your pipes and sump pump are properly insulated. If you need help with inspection, don’t hesitate to call Gold Medal Service.
  • Flush your water heater to remove sediment buildup, which can ultimately block heat from properly entering your home.

Winter Tips

  • To prevent pipes from freezing and bursting, have your plumber cover exposed outdoor pipes with insulating foam, and disconnect any outdoor hoses that have been in use.
  • Automatic sprinkler systems should be turned off and drained so they don’t unexpectedly freeze and burst during a cold spell.
  • Check for leaks by looking for low water pressure in any of your faucets. If this is the case, call your Gold Medal plumber to take a closer look at the problem.

An annual inspection is the best tip for maintaining free-flowing plumbing in your home. Schedule your Gold Medal team—spotting a problem early can save a lot of money. Call us today to schedule your service.