Although the temperatures have not quite dropped into the freezing range, there is no doubt that the fall season is here and that means that winter is just around the corner.
The summer season is a time for playing outside and enjoying some fun in the sun. Having time with family to relax and move at a slower pace is a favorite part of the summer months.
However, now that fall is here, it is time to get back on the school schedule and get your home ready for the winter weather.
The temperatures, wind, and precipitation brought by the winter months can all be fairly harsh on your home – especially your plumbing system.
In fact, your plumbing system is easily the most vulnerable to damage and failure as a result of the winter weather.
The cold weather tends to take more of a toll on your plumbing system than any other time of the year and especially on your drain system.
Without a properly working drain system, you and your family won’t be getting much done on those cold winter days at home.
However, you can keep your plumbing system and drains running without obstruction all year around by following these simple guidelines:
- Always pour used animal fat or cooking grease into an empty metal can or glass jar. Never pour it down the kitchen sink. When animal fat and cooking oil are hot, they are very thin and liquid. However, once they are poured into the kitchen sink drain and allowed to cool they get much thicker and start to form residue and clogs. These clogs are very difficult to get rid of and require special equipment
- Go to your favorite home improvement store and purchase a small wastebasket for your bathrooms. This will encourage people to throw non-flushable paper products into the wastebasket rather than flushing them down the toilet. If things like q-tips and baby wipes are flushed down the toilet on a regular basis, you will end up with a major clog.
- Throw out all of the jugs of over-the-counter drain cleaner that you have in your cupboards. These products are highly-caustic and will cause serious damage to your plumbing system.
Keep your plumbing and drains in top condition this fall so to avoid a major failure during the winter months.