Plumbing Basics

Plumbing Basics

Important Precautions Every Home Owner Should Take

The Oklahoma weather is one to always surprise. Chilly fall temperatures serve as a polite reminder that when winter arrives it can be sudden, often leaving homeowners and businesses unprepared for the troubles associated with extreme cold. Here are a few things to help prevent headaches and costly repairs.

Year Round:

  • Place a small wastebasket in your bathroom so guests do not flush any harmful items such as paper towels or napkins.
  • Try to avoid loading your garbage disposal with excessive amounts of leftovers in order to keep your sink unclogged.
  • Grease can also be harmful to your drain so clean greasy items with a paper towel prior to rinsing them off.
  • Be aware of where your water shut off valve is in case of emergencies.
  • It is important to check your water pressure at least three times a year. High water pressure can lead to plumbing problems.

In Cold Months:

  • Make sure outside water hoses are disconnected in order to prevent pipes from bursting.
  • Walk around your home to ensure all faucets are not dripping and are not cracked. Even small cracks or drips can lead to a pipe burst in these cold months.
  • Check to make sure your water heater is set to around 120-125 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • It always helps to wrap outdoor faucets and indoor pipes in insulation or heating tape during the winter.