Plumbing Checklist for a Successful Fall

Plumbing Fall ChecklistTemperatures are beginning to drop here in Texas, and with the cooler weather means higher use of heating appliances and hot water. While we gladly enjoy the use of our hot water heater this fall and winter season, we also need to keep in mind that there are some maintenance steps that homeowners should perform in the fall to make sure that your water heater and other plumbing systems make it through the winter smoothly.

Plumbing Dynamics understands how frustrating it can be for your pipes to freeze up in the cold weather or to have another system like your sump pump give out. Here are five of our tips for preparing your plumbing to survive a cold winter.

1. Flush Your Water Heater

During the cooler weather, most homeowners know that their water heater begins to work overtime in order to provide hot showers and other essentials. If you let the water in your tank just rest during the summer you run the risk of corrosion and your water heater malfunctioning over the cool seasons.

We suggest attaching a hose to your water heater and releasing several gallons of the old water into your nearest drain. This way you can remove any sediment that has built up over time and let your water heater start off fresh this fall.

2. Examine Your FaucetsCheck leaking faucets

Check your faucets for any leaks. The cooler seasons are prime time for leaks to start to spring up. Getting these issues resolved by your local Carrollton plumber before the air gets too cool can help you save money on more expensive fixes in the future.

3. Check out Your Sump Pump

When your sump pump is exposed to extreme cold conditions like we sometimes have in Carrollton, they can freeze and therefore, stop operating. Your sump pump should be cleaned annually and examined by your local Carrollton plumber in order to ensure that it does not require any repairs.

Your sump pump is used to get rid of water that would take over your basement or first floor of a home. Having this system malfunction during the winter could spell out bad news for you as a homeowner.

4. Insulate Pipes

One of the biggest mistakes that people seem to do every year is forgetting to insulate their pipes and disconnect their hoses. Water freezes easily in the winter. Frozen water in your pipes allows expansion that can quickly lead to a burst pipe that could be in the house or buried deep in your backyard.

These expensive fixes can be prevented by insulating your pipes with materials that can be purchased at a local hardware store, and by disconnecting your hoses. Hose disconnection prevents any excess water from leaking into your pipes and then freezing.

This step may seem tedious, but 30 dollars’ worth of pipe insulation is a lot less trouble than a lengthy more severe fix that could occur if you fail to perform this step on our checklist.

Need More Help? Give Plumbing Dynamics a Call!

We are Carrollton plumbers that are dedicated to our community and the efficiency in which we approach our craft. If you are a new homeowner or just need help understanding the things you need to do to prepare your plumbing for winter, give Plumbing Dynamics a call today. We will be happy to come out and help you complete these tasks in the friendly, affordable process that we live by.

Top 5 Most Common DIY Plumbing Mistakes

In the age of the internet, the Do It Yourself (DIY) method has become very common. You can find people taking on their own car repairs, cooking exotic dishes, and even creating their own arts and crafts. One other area of DIY that is popular is home repair, particularly, plumbing.

Although DIY is popular due to its “cost savings” that are promoted through its methods, a home’s pipes, shower heads and other plumbing fixtures may end up costing a homeowner more if they go DIY.  While hard work can be satisfying for a person, here are some of the top plumbing mistakes that can leave homeowners wishing they had just called a professional.

Leaving the Water Onplumbing mistakes DIY

In the case of a burst faucet head outside or a leaking shower, a homeowner may feel like they can take on the task of solving the problem. While they may not be wrong, there is one common error that is made that can cause even more problems than the initial leak. Failing to turn off the water supply to your home can cause water to seep out even more while you work and can cause flooding in the area you are trying to fix. While this won’t ruin your DIY project, it will definitely make the leak very difficult to fix.  Water coming out from multiple areas due to a turned-on water supply makes it difficult to determine where the leak originates from.

Drain Cleaner is Not a Plumber’s Best Friend

Even something as simple as a clogged drain can prove to be an issue for the DIY plumber. While it may seem easy to go out and buy your standard bottle of liquid plumber, many professionals advise against this method for unclogging a drain. The chemicals found in these treatments are harsh enough to break up the immense clog in your drain. Therefore, if you just leave too much of this stuff sitting in your pipes, you can cause corrosion, which is an even bigger problem than your initial clog.

Dont Take Pipes ApartYou Can’t Just Take Things Apart

Another plumbing mistake leads us back to clogged drains; if a plunger or snake tool did not fix the clog, it may be best to call in a professional plumbing service. Please do not attempt to take apart the pipes underneath the sink yourself in the case of a leak or clog. Yes, you will find the problem source, but putting the pipes back together is where the real issue arises. Putting pipes back into place requires specific tools that require specific craft training.

Using Incorrect Tools

If you are noticing an issue with your pipes, don’t just shove the first wire hanger you find inside of the drain. This will most likely not unclog a drain, and can actually harm more than it helps. If you lose the item you are sticking in there, or a piece breaks off, congratulations, you now have even more pipe buildup to worry about.

Ignoring the Codes

Your home municipality has rules and regulations for plumbing. It is imperative that you follow your local building codes when attempting to take on a DIY project. The code is in place to help protect your home from cheap work that is likely to malfunction and cause more problems in the near future. A complete understanding of the code can be a brain buster, so calling in the experts can help you avoid any critical and avoidable emergency plumbing repairs.

Know When to Give Plumbing Dynamics a Call

Plumbing Dynamics understands that you enjoy the feeling of getting a job done on your own. But why put your house at risk by working on something as critical as its plumbing without prior experience? We have that experience and will be glad to come by and provide our services for your problem. If your pipes are giving you problems, don’t take them apart, give us a call and let us do the dirty work for you.

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The Advantages of PEX Plumbing Pipe

It’s called PEX piping, and plumbing experts are hailing it as a big leap forward. PEX stands for cross-linked polyethylene. And it has some big advantages.

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Overcome Your Fear of DIY Plumbing Tasks

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