Plumbing: DIY Tips for Better Care

Plumbing: DIY Tips for Better Care

You wake up in the morning, step in the shower, turn on the water, and feel the amazing feeling of a hot shower. There's nothing better than starting the day off clean, relaxed, and completely satisfied before even having breakfast. Adversely, there's nothing worse than waking up, stepping into the shower, turning on the water, and feeling razor sharp ice cutting open your back and freezing your mind. When the plumbing is on the fritz, it really affects your whole day. We take for granted the water that we have and completely forget to keep on top of regular plumbing maintenance. With plumbing in Baltimore keeping us in business, we here at Roto-Rooter find it helpful to educate our customers about the proper ways to use their plumbing and the best ways to maintain. As a leader in the industry for a long time, we've learned a thing or two are excited to pass some of that know-how onto anyone who wants it.

Frozen pipes are the absolute worst Christmas present anyone could get this year, yet, thousands of lucky recipients will deal not only with these ruined pipes, but the flooding that comes along with it. In order to prevent disaster in your home this winter, let's learn a little bit about frozen pipes and what we can do to prevent it this time around. When water starts to freeze in pipes, it actually expands, unlike most substances that shrink in the cold. As the water freezes and expands, it starts to trap small pockets of air. With nowhere to escape the pressure, the air eventually bursts through the pipeline and either cracks or completely shatter the pipe. In order to prevent that from happening, the best thing to do is to beef up the insulation in your house. For pipes that run along the outer walls of your home, they are especially at risk of exposure to frigid temperatures. Along with adding more insulation to your house, pipes that run outside of your house that are exposed should be wrapped well with pipe insulation and this will have the same effect.

Clogged toilets are a pain when they happen, but are surprisingly easy to fix. Most issues can be fixed with a plunger and a little elbow grease. Don't ever flush garbage, plastic, metal, or anything that was specifically designed to go down a toilet bowl. If you or someone in your house has done this, you will need to call a Roto-Rooter professional to come out and fix the problem ASAP.

For more information about plumbing in Baltimore, call Roto-Rooter today!

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