Skip to main content

Seasonal Plumbing Tips For Winter

     Most people underestimate the value of having good, solid piping and structure in their homes. Ultimately, having a good understanding of plumbing and the problems that come along with it can help you greatly in the future. Winter is here to stay and frozen pipes are bound to become an issue in many homes across the country. Stay ahead of the curve with these tips on how to prevent or at least minimize the damage that can be done to the plumbing. 

    Holiday visitors can add extra strain to a home's plumbing system. Cooking a slew of meals in the kitchen likely results in lots of grease and food being thrown into the disposal or sink drain. Holiday guests also equate to more showers and baths as well as extra toilet flushes. This all adds up to a potential plumbing disaster. Pipes clog because of gradual build up of grease, hair, soap and food particles. It doesn't take much to cause an emergency. 

    1. Try to avoid pouring fats or cooking oil down the drain. Liquid fats solidify in the pipes leading to clogs. Wipe the grease off the pots and pans before washing them in the sink. Never put hard-to-grind items in the disposal such as carrots, celery or poultry skins. The disposal cannot sufficiently grind these items so the end result will be a clogged sink drain. Run cold water for about 15 seconds before and after using the garbage disposal. It helps flush down any left behind food in the drain. 

    2. Plan your showers out ahead of time. Wait a minimum of  10 minutes between showers instead of taking them back-to-back. Slightly crank up the water heater in order to retain hot water. Do not exceed 125 Fahrenheit.

    3. Frozen pipes are a colossal disaster waiting to happen. Prevent them by installing the pipe sin an insulated place. Be sure whoever is installing the pipes buries them well below the frost line underground. Avoid placing the pipes in attics or garages. These are not heated spaces and it might cause the water to freeze inside the pipes and crack. During extreme cold weather moments, let the faucet drip until the weather passes. This is a good trick to stop a pipe from bursting.   

    If god forbid you run into a frozen pipe situation, call us at Shakley Mechanical to fix all your plumbing service needs. In addition to repairs, we can install and upgrade your existing plumbing fixtures. We also have an emergency response service near Ashland and Mansfield, Ohio. Call us today at (419) 281-6909 to speak with one of our team members about what plumbing service and repair options we can provide for you! 


Popular posts from this blog

Spring Plumbing To-Do List

As springtime is now nearly here, your plumbing needs a little bit of preventative maintenance to keep everything running smoothly now that we are starting to thaw out! Here are a few chores to add to your spring cleaning list! Drain Any Sediment in Your Water Heater Over time, sediment may collect in the bottom of your water heater. This can not only reduce how efficiently it works in the long run, but it could also mean an early death for your water heater. Draining your water heater can be a time-consuming process, and it requires a bit of knowledge. If you have never done it yourself, or you’re not entirely comfortable with how to do it, it is recommended that you call a plumber . One of the best plumbing tips we can give you is to make sure you are getting your water heater regularly cleaned. If sediment is left uncleaned, it’s very likely the buildup will cause the water heater to break entirely.  Turn the Valves and Check Your Outdoor Faucets Where there’s water,

Trane's EarthWise Geothermal System: Flexible and Functional

You are always looking for better, more environmentally-friendly ways to do things. You have a plastic bottle you reuse for your water, you faithfully separate your waste into recycling containers, and you compost the biodegradable waste. Why shouldn't your home be just as efficient? Shakley Mechanical is experienced with both Trane and ClimateMaster geothermal unit installation and maintenance. As we said in a previous blog, these geothermal heat pumps are extremely efficient. They can reduce your heating and cooling bills by up to 80%. These pumps provide: Home heating and cooling Water heating Radiant heating In this blog we are going to talk about Trane and their unique  EarthWise™  Geothermal System. A geothermal system works like a heat pump, only on a much larger scale. In cold weather, your home is warmed by heat brought in from the earth. During warm weather, your home is cooled by the movement of heat from your home back into the earth. With Trane, they off

Saving on Air Conditioning Costs

May is halfway over, and June is looming, along with the rising temperatures that go along with summer. If you have had a more difficult year financially, you are probably looking for ways to save money everywhere you turn, especially when it comes to your home. With summer on the horizon, here are some tips to help you save money on air conditioning costs. Whether or not your wallet is feeling tighter, these tips will help make your air conditioner be more efficient in the long run. 1. Use Mother Nature and plant some trees or shrubs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if you shade your air conditioning unit, it will work about 10% more efficiently. So go green and stay cool! 2. Curtains can help! It's always said during wintertime that the you lose a lot of heat through your windows. Well, a lot of heat tries to enter through your windows in the summertime. If your windows have curtains, they can help shield the inside of your home from the the sun's rays (and heat).