Hince the old saying "April showers bring May flowers" but here in Oklahoma we know that it can bring alot of other things to the forefront; not just with weather but with what we have neglected over the fall and winter months in and around our homes.
Mullin Plumbing, Inc. would like to give you a few good tips on how to look for issues before they become bigger problems.
- Check faucets for drips or leaks. Make repairs to save money on utility bills and to conserve water.
- Check your toilets for hidden leaks by adding six drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the bowl within 30 minutes.
- Make sure toilets flush properly. If the handle must be held down for a thorough flush or jiggled to stop the water from running you may need to replace worn tank parts.
- Excercise water supply valves under sinks and toilets to prevent them from sticking.
- Pour a gallon of water into infrequently used drains (including floor drains) to fill the trap and prevent odors from entering the house. Any slow floor drains should have a routine cleaning to ensure they will carry away water quickly in case of a flood.
- Make sure yard drains, gutters and downspouts are cleaned out, open and free of debris.
Come join us at the 2013 Green Country Home & Garden Show this weekend!
January 25th - 27th
The Exchange Center at Expo Square
Friday 1/25/13 12pm to 7pm
Saturday 1/26/13 10am to 7pm
Sunday 1/27/13 11am to 5pm
A trickle of hot and cold water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing. Let warm water drip overnight, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall. Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night. You might be in the habit of turning down the heat when you’re asleep, but further drops in the temperature – more common overnight – could catch you off guard and freeze your pipes.
Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.
Before You Leave
Travelling in the winter months might be good for the soul, but don’t forget to think about your pipes before you leave. What can you do?
Set the thermostat in your house no lower than 55°F (12°C).
Ask a friend or neighbor to check your house daily to make sure it's warm enough to prevent freezing.
Shut off and drain the water system. Be aware that if you have a fire protection sprinkler system in your house, it may be deactivated when you shut off the water.
If Your Pipes Do Freeze
What do you do if your pipes still freeze, despite your best preventative measures? First step: Don’t panic. Just because they’re frozen doesn’t mean they’ve already burst. Here’s what you can do:
If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and call a plumber.
Do not use electrical appliances in areas of standing water: You could be electrocuted.
Never try to thaw a pipe with a torch or other open flame because it could cause a fire hazard. Water damage is preferable to burning down your house!
You may be able to thaw a frozen pipe with the warm air from a hair dryer. Start by warming the pipe as close to the faucet as possible, working toward the coldest section of pipe.
If your water pipes have already burst, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve in the house; leave the water faucets turned on. Make sure everyone in your family knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it.
The busiest season is upon us for social gatherings at our home and whether its family, friends, or co-workers alike we need a supply of hot water to clean up after the people have gone or hot water because you have multiple family members in from out of town. It gets to be a drag when you run out of hot water while doing the dishes, while having family members over taking showers but did you know there is a product out there that Mullin Plumbing, Inc. can install that will supply your house with NEVER ENDING HOT WATER!!
The Noritz Tankless System is a product that we carry and can install in your residence with minimal reconstruction of your current water tank location. Call us today and ask for a Free Estimate 918-258-6636.
Many household products contain chemicals that will kill bacteria in your septic system. However, your system depends on a healthy bacteria population to keep it functioning properly. Routinely using products the “kill germs” may result in EXPENSIVE problems. These problems always occur at the worst possible time and include things like backups, foul odors and failed lateral beds. Whether your system gives you endless problems or years of trouble free service is determined by what YOU put into your system.
In order to keep your system from having problems, here’s a tip:
- Inorganic or non-rapidly biodegradable items should not be put into your system, for example: plastic products, rubber products, sanitary napkins or tampons, washcloths, cigarette butts, melon seeds, coffee grounds, egg shells, matches and some food items such as corn husks, grape vines, etc.
If you have a carbon monoxide detector it should be checked on a regular basis; if it is a battery type go ahead and change out the batteries. Now is also the time to have your heaters checked and filters changed. A dirty filter not only creates more dust in the home but can cause furnaces to overheat and trip. If you haven't had your system checked in a while give Mullin Services, Inc. a call at 918-286-1200.
Now that winter is around the corner we need to take a good look at things that can cause major damage in our house if the pipes freeze. The first thing we would like for you to look at is your outdoor faucets; they need to be free from dripping, hoses disconnected and preferably wrapped or insulated at the faucet so cold air is less likely to get in to the system. Also if your house is on a crawl space make sure all access points are closed from direct air drafts.
At this time of year we all get together and give thanks for the many things in our life that we have been blessed with; one thing that we don't like to be blessed with is a stopped up drain especially with a house full of family. So remember all scraps go in the trash, do not use your disposal for table scraps, egg shells, peelings of any sort and especially pasta!