Prepare your Plumbing for a Summer Vacation

Are you traveling this holiday season? Among the hustle and bustle of getting out the door, remember to prepare your plumbing before you leave.

Preparing your plumbing before leaving for a vacation this summer will save you money. It will also save you from coming home to severe water damage. Follow these quick tips to prep your home this year.

Shut off your water before leaving for vacation

Leaving your water on while you’re away is practically asking for water damage. Avoid coming home to a flooded home, shut-off the main water valve for some peace of mind while you’re away. If the main water is turned off, then you won’t have any leaking faucets to rack up a huge water bill while you’re away either.

Remember to shut off the individual valves to large appliances like the dishwasher, washing machine, and icemaker.

Don’t Let Hair Clogs Cause Serious Plumbing Problems

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you lose between 50-100 hairs every day. While this amount of hair loss is perfectly healthy for your body, it is not good for your plumbing. Loose hair in the bathroom can quickly cause clogs in your drains. 

Problems from Hair Clogs

Charles Moon Plumbing TechnicianLoose hairs can quickly clog your shower drain leading to poor drainage, backed-up water, and more serious plumbing issues. Attempting to fix the clog yourself can cause even more damage to your pipes. Follow the instructions on drain cleaner carefully to avoid harming your plumbing or yourself.

5 Easy Ways to Fix a Clogged Drain

A clogged drain can be more than an inconvenience. It can cause your home to smell, and eventually, some clogs can cause serious damage to your pipes and plumbing. Cleaning your drains regularly is an easy way to prevent a clog from forming. When you have hair clogging your pipes, you can use these DIY Clogged Drain Fixes. 

Clogged drains can really be a pain especially when your bathroom floor starts flooding. Hair can be one of the most common culprits of a clogged drain. You will notice that the water drains slower than usual. Another telltale sign would be the unpleasant odor in your bathroom.

Once you notice these signs, get ready to deal with a clog. It is important that you deal with the clog as soon as possible. The result can be disastrous especially if a pipe gets broken. You could end up with a useless bathroom or worse, thousands of dollars in repairs.

How to Locate the Main Water Shut-Off Valve

Emergency plumbing visits can be expensive. You not only pay for the expense of the fix, but you’ll also be shelling out extra for the off-hours or emergency visit. Avoid hefty plumbing bills by taking proactive care of your home’s plumbing system.

Know where to find the emergency water shut-off valve to prevent a plumbing mishap from becoming a plumbing emergency. 

Why should you know where the emergency water shut-off valve?

Like knowing where to find the electric breaker, you need to know where your main water supply shut-off is in case of a plumbing emergency like an overflowing toilet.

In the event that your home has a burst pipe or other emergency, your main supply shut-off valve is your best line of defense. If you don’t know where your shut-off valve is, your home is at risk for severe water damage.

Avoid Low Water Pressure in your Shower

There’s nothing better than a nice warm shower on a cold morning. Of course, what’s relaxing about a shower with low water pressure?

Causes of Water Pressure Drops in the Shower

So, what could be causing the drop in water pressure and how do you prevent it? There are a number of different valves and pipes that work together to control the water pressure in your shower. The best option is to contact a plumber to discuss any problems with your piping.

How does a Water Softener Work?

Previously, we reviewed all of the advantages to having a water softener. Due to the mineral deposits from hard water, a water softener can really make a difference in your home. There are numerous pros such as:

  • Extend the life of your appliances
  • Keep bathtubs, sinks, showers, and dishes cleaner
  • Make bathtubs, sinks, showers, and dishes easier to clean
  • Heat up your water faster (and save you money)
  • Keep your plumbing system healthier
  • Keep yourself healthier

But, you may still be wondering, how does a water softener work? It’s not magic even though it may seem like it. In fact, water softeners are powered by science.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

With freezing temperatures, pipes can freeze leading to a number of problems in your home. The most damaging consequence of frozen plumbing is a burst pipe. Protect your home from frozen pipes. 

A burst pipe can cause damage to your home such as:

  • High water bills
  • Flooding in your home
  • Mildew
  • Mold
  • Ruined flooring
  • Other water damage

To prevent frozen pipes, and burst pipes, in your home, follow this checklist.

1. Know the signs

Being aware of the signs of a frozen pipe is the first step to preventing burst pipes. Low temperatures, frost on your pipes, no running water, and a bad smell coming from your sink are all signs of frozen pipes.

Frozen pipes2. Insulate your pipes

The most vulnerable areas are pipes in the garage, basement, crawlspace, attic, and pipes under the sink in the kitchen or bathroom. These pipes are the least likely to be insulated and are most exposed to freezing temperatures.

To protect those pipes from the possibility of freezing and bursting, have the pipes insulated by a plumber. Using foam or other insulating products, a plumber will cover your pipes to keep them protected from harsh winter temperatures.

3. Pay attention to the weather

Staying up to date on current weather conditions in your town can keep you prepared for the possibility of frozen pipes.

During nights (and days) with freezing temperatures, leave faucets dripping. Dripping faucets will force water to keep running through your pipes and protect against freezing.

Got Frozen Pipes?

Preventing frozen pipes is vital to protecting your home from damage. Frozen pipes lead to burst pipes, which leads to expensive repairs for your plumbing and your home.

Protect your home. Call Charles Moon Plumbing at 302-732-3555 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced plumbers in or around Ocean Pines, MD today.

If you experienced a burst pipe, contact Charles Moon for emergency plumbing repair. Also, ask us about preventative maintenance on your plumbing such as insulating vulnerable pipes.

For help with your bathroom remodel, read our Complete Bathroom Remodel Resource

Signs of Frozen Pipes

There are a number of signs that your pipes have frozen before they burst. Thawing and repairing frozen pipes before they burst is vital to protecting your home from expensive repairs.

Frozen pipes can be catastrophic for your home. When your pipes freeze, a lot can go wrong. Learn more about how to spot the signs of frozen pipes in your home.

How to Remove (and Prevent) Bathroom Mold

Mold in your bathroom is not only unsightly, but it’s also a health hazard. Mold can cause a number of health-related issues including headaches, cold symptoms, and more serious issues.  

What Causes Mold to Grow in the Bathroom

Mold particularly likes to grow in warm damp places. Your bathroom is the perfect environment for mold spores to accumulate and grow. A number of factors could be causing mildew growth in your bathroom.

1. Leaky Plumbing

Leaking plumbing could be causing a build-up of warm moisture that could be fueling this annoying growth. To prevent mold from leaky plumbing, have your plumbing inspected regularly for any problems with your fixtures or pipes. If you notice any problems, be sure to call a plumber right away to fix the problem.

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