3 Plumbing Tips to Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

Plumbing Tips to Keep Pipes from FreezingA Texas winter can be a cold, harsh time for your pipes. If you are a Dallas homeowner then you understand the importance of keeping your pipes warm.

If there is excess water in your pipes when a cold front hits your home, then you are at the risk of the water freezing, expanding, and then blowing your pipes out, making them in need of repair and replacement.

We know that this type of a problem is an inconvenience to your family, and that is why we have put together these top three ways to help prevent your pipes from freezing over.

1. Add Insulation to the Pipes

Just looking at your Dallas home you can see that there are most likely pipes that are placed in areas that do not have proper insulation. These pipes can be found in basements, attics, or in the backyard of a home. Extra insulation in these areas could be a simple step that prevents your pipes from freezing.

Get yourself out to a local hardware store and grab fitted foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves that can be fit around the exposed pipe. If you are really nervous about the cold and your pipe situation, then insulating throughout the house is also a great extra preventative step. Remember, if you can’t figure out the best method for insulating your pipes, your local Dallas plumber can help you solve your problem.

When the temperature drops below 30 degrees, aside from added insulation to pipes along the outside walls of a home, it’s also additional good practice to leave a small drip of water.

2. Keep the Heat Running

During the holidays we typically find ourselves traveling to see family members in different parts of the country. If you plan on leaving for an extended amount of time leave your heat running. It doesn’t have to be on at full blast and you won’t be wasting a lot of money.

By keeping the temperature set at least above 50 degrees Fahrenheit you will be able to provide enough heat to your property to keep your pipes warm and prevent any pipe leaks or burst due to freezing water inside.

3. Prop Open the Doors Inside

Many pipes in the home are often located in cabinets under a sink. Even if you have already added extra insulation to these pipes there is an extra step that you can take. By keeping the interior doors open when the temperature drops, the heat provided to the rest of the house will automatically keep your pipes warm as well. Keeping all of the interior doors open circulates the warm air throughout at home and prevents any winter plumbing repairs that could possibly pop up.

Plumbing Dynamics Keeps Your Pipes Maintained

If you are concerned about the upcoming winter season, Plumbing Dynamics has the tools and expertise to come out to your home and check your plumbing before the cold-fronts come in. Give us a call today and find out why we are the Dallas team that is dedicated to bringing our customers the better side of the plumbing experience. We are a licensed, trained team that is prepared to handle any plumbing repairs that you need taken care of.

How to Maintain Your Garbage Disposal

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A standard feature in most modern homes and apartments is a garbage disposal. Unfortunately, these handy features are prone to breaking down or just not working in general. Our garbage disposal repair and sink repair services are frequently needed by homeowners who can’t fix them without professional help. To keep your disposal working here are a few do’s and don’ts for maintaining your garbage disposal.

Don’t Do DIY Fixes

Trying to fix your own garbage disposal without the right tools or training is really difficult. Nonetheless, we’ve come to many homes and businesses in which someone who thought they knew what they were doing tried to fix the disposal and couldn’t. Most of the time, their DIY fixes end up making the problem worse and costing more money to fix. Garbage disposals are cheaper to repair when the problem is fixed by a professional.

Don’t Misuse the Disposal

Most garbage disposals can take a fair amount of abuse, however at a certain point they break down from misuse. Disposals are used to break down leftover food, not to break down entire meals. Our residential plumbing repairs often involve removing build up of food in garbage disposals. Be gentle with your disposal and think twice before throwing anything down the sink drain to avoid expensive repairs. A few things to avoid putting down your disposal:

  • Eggshells
  • Coffee grounds
  • Fibrous foods
  • Bones
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Rubber

Do Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance on any household appliance is important if you want it to last a long time. Taking the time to have a plumber come to your home or business and regularly clean out your disposal will make it last that much longer.

You might also consider having the pipes under your sink checked for leaks. Catching problems before they become worse saves time and money. We also recommend having your water heater serviced every year. Water heaters that aren’t working properly cost you more money to run then you might realize.

Call a Professional Plumber

When the repair is too big to handle, you need a trained professional. At Plumbing Dynamics, our certified plumbers will fix your garbage disposal quickly and efficiently. We value customers like you and do our best to provide great customer service. Get in touch with us today to schedule your repair!

Save Water With These Simple Plumbing Hacks

 

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As technology has improved over the years, so has the way we conserve water. Since starting our plumbing company, we’ve witnessed first hand the vast improvements the industry has made to plumbing technology. Residential and commercial plumbing is now much more energy efficient and better on the environment and your wallet. Going green with your plumbing isn’t the only way you can conserve water though. Here are a few water-saving hacks you can try at home.

Install Rain Barrels

Catching rain water to reuse is a great way to save water for future use. During the hot Texas summers, we often go through drought-like conditions and go weeks without water. Many towns place water restrictions on watering landscape. During these times, it’s great to have a rain barrel to help keep plants and grass alive until the next rain storm. Our Dallas plumbers can recommend a good place to put a rain barrel and how to properly install one if necessary.

Reuse Grey Water

Grey water is also something many people use to water their lawns. This kind of water is simply water previously used from a shower or bath and repurposed. To collect this kind of water, you’ll need professional plumbing services to install a grey water tank that complies with city ordinances. Many areas have very strict health regulations that a plumber will be knowledgeable of.

Have Leaks Repaired

A leaky faucet is costing you more money than you think. Any sort of leak wastes water that could be used for something else. As one of Earth’s most precious resources, we have the duty to conserve water when we can. Plumbing repairs for things like leaks only get more expensive over time. Repairing them sooner rather than later will save you money and water.

Schedule Regular Plumbing Maintenance

You can’t always tell right away if your plumbing isn’t working as efficiently as it could be. Having regular maintenance done on your pipes and even water heater is a good way to make sure it’s functioning like it should be. Our plumbing repair and maintenance company will give you an honest assessment of how your plumbing is looking any problems that might come up in the future.

Plumbing Dynamics Has a Solution

Our plumbing company is just as concerned about the environment as you are. We provide affordable solutions to customers that want to save money and water. If you’re concerned you aren’t saving enough water, then give us a call. We can assess your plumbing to see where improvements can be made so you can help do your part!

Tips for Keeping Your Plumbing in Working Order

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No matter what, your pipes will need professional help from time to time. But in order to make those plumbing calls less frequent and save yourself some money, there are a few simple things you can do to keep your pipes working throughout the year. Our professional plumbers have seen a lot in their time, and they’re sharing their best plumbing tips with you.

Stop Flushing the Wrong Things

Your toilet’s plumbing system is more delicate than you think. Even though it gets rid of some gross stuff, there’s certain things it simply isn’t meant to get rid of. Our plumbing repairmen recommend that you avoid flushing wipes, paper towels, diapers, feminine hygiene products, and even hair. Your sewer line is simply not capable of breaking down these things and getting rid of them. When you repeatedly force your pipes to flush foreign objects, it causes the pipes to clog.

Avoid Washing Hair Down the Drain

For people with particularly long hair this can be a problem. When you’re showering or using your sink, it’s normal for pieces of hair to fall out and get wrapped up in the drain and sit there waiting to be removed. However, washing pieces of hair down the drain clogs it very quickly and causes it to drain super slowly. To avoid this problem, remove hair by hand instead of forcing it down the drain.

Don’t Let Pipes Freeze

While the Dallas area really only has to worry about frozen pipes for about one month of the year, it’s still a good thing to remember. When temperatures hit below freezing point, pipes become more likely to freeze and then burst. A good way to avoid this plumbing repair disaster is by turning on your faucet and letting water slowly drain. This keeps your pipes from freezing and will save you loads of money in the future.

Have Routine Plumbing Repair Done

People go to doctors for annual checkups because it’s important to catch health problems in their early stages. Your plumbing should also receive annual maintenance to ensure that it’s working properly. Water heaters can go bad, pipes can rust, and sewers can need repairing but you won’t know about any problems unless a plumber identifies them.

Repair Your Plumbing With Plumbing Dynamics

Our plumbing repair service has years of industry experience fixing both residential and commercial plumbing problems in the Dallas area. We provide affordable plumbing solutions to all of our customers and try our best to fix your pipes in a timely manner. Get in touch with us today to learn more!

Common Plumbing Problems in Older Texas Homes

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Older homes are often full of character and uniqueness that newer homes don’t have. Things like built-in bookshelves and secret doors are the best parts of owning an older home. However, older homes come with their fair share of problems and one of the most common things we come across are plumbing problems. Many homeowners don’t realize how important up to date plumbing is until they run into costly leaks and repairs. We’re sharing with you the most common plumbing issues we see in older homes.

Galvanized Pipes

In most older homes, our plumbing contractors see a lot of galvanized pipes. A galvanized pipe is a steel pipe covered in a layer of zinc. Over time, the zinc erodes and causes the pipe to deteriorate. Galvanized pipes can cause water pressure issues, leaks, and stopped up toilets and sinks. Galvanized pipes can also be found in commercial buildings but we see it most often in residential plumbing repairs.

Bad Plumbing Repairs by Homeowners

Many homeowners like to try and fix things themselves, which can be a good thing if you know what you’re doing. However, plumbing isn’t the same as fixing a squeaky door or a window that won’t shut. Older homes who have had multiple owners usually fall victim to faulty plumbing repairs by well meaning homeowners. Sometimes we find sewer repairs that weren’t done correctly and then pipe installation that doesn’t quite fit. If you aren’t a plumbing expert, it’s best to find a plumber near you to do the work.

Drains and Pipes that Have Shifted

Overtime, a home’s foundation will shift and so will the pipes and drains running through and beneath it. If you’ve noticed a leak in your slab foundation or maybe just a crack, there’s a good chance that the pipes underneath your home have been compromised in some way. Professional plumbers often do slab leak detection to insure that their diagnosis of plumbing problems is correct.

Plumbing Dynamics Can Fix Your Old Plumbing

Whether you’re moving into an older home or you’ve owned one for many years, chances are your plumbing is outdated and isn’t up to code. Before you try to fix it yourself, call our experts to come and handle it for you. We offer competitive pricing and great customer service to satisfy your needs. Get in touch with us today to schedule your plumbing services.

Plumbing Maintenance Tips for the Spring and Summer

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Spring and summer can turn into plumbing disasters for homeowners and businesses alike. Plumbing repair services can cost a small fortune and even more if the problem has been neglected for awhile. As the temperatures in the Dallas area rise and you start your spring cleaning, it’s a good time to do some general maintenance on your plumbing and have a professional plumber double check your drains and pipes. Here are a few simple plumbing maintenance tips for your home or commercial business.

Thawing Your Outdoor Plumbing

For both residential and commercial properties, thawing out pipes that are underground and outdoors is incredibly important to keep them from rupturing. Our Plano plumbers advise that before using your sprinkler system or even your garden hose, you should always make sure that the ground has had enough time to warm up the pipes buried underneath. When the temperature changes rapidly it can cause them to burst, causing you a major headache and lots of money in the process.

Clean Out Your Gutters and Downspouts

Though gutters and downspouts aren’t entirely plumbing-related, they can certainly impact the functionality of a home or business. Gutters stuffed with leaves will be forced to push water over the sides of the gutters onto the ground and around the foundation of a building. Water build up in areas where it shouldn’t be can eventually seep into your basement or underneath your house. Not only will you be needing commercial plumbing or residential plumbing services to remove the water, you’ll also likely need someone to fix your foundation.

Check Your Drains for Plumbing Problems

If you have drains in your home or business that are rarely used, it’s probably a good time to check how well your drains are working. Pour a gallon of hot water into the drain to clear out any debris and to make sure there’s not a drainage problem. If it’s gurgling and doesn’t seem to be draining, you need to call a commercial plumber to come look at your problem before it gets worse.

Do Your Yearly Plumbing Maintenance

Many plumbing issues can be prevented by annual maintenance from a plumbing contractor. While there are certainly things you can do yourself as a home or business owner, more complicated fixes need to be done by a licensed professional at Plumbing Dynamics.

Find a Plumber With Plumbing Dynamics

You can trust us to fix all of your plumbing problems. Whether you have a commercial property or own a home, our team of plumbers will find a solution to the problem and get it right the first time. Get in touch with us today to have your plumbing looked at!

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Keeping Plumbing Leaks at Bay

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