Water Damage can cost homeowners a big chunk of change.As our weather continues to get colder and stay colder frozen pipes could be a real concern. A 1/8’ crack in a pipe can spew 250 gallons of water a day! (And you’re whole house gets wrecked in the process.)
Take the following steps to reduce the risk of frozen pipes:
- Make sure all garden hoses outside your home are disconnected, even the ones attached to anti-freeze hydrants.
- Pipes that have frozen in the past are obvious candidates for special attention.over these pipes and other pipes that are exposed to freezing temperatures or drafts with insulation.
- If pipes are in an unheated area or exposed to the elements an additional heat source may be needed along with the insulation.In the case of bathroom pipes enclosed in vanities or cabinets, leave the doors open during frigid weather so that heat from the room can penetrate the enclosures.
- If there is plumbing in the garage, never keep the door open in severely cold weather.
- Also remember that running water does not freeze very readily .During severe cold weather you may want to keep a stream of water trickling out of faucets or spouts attached to vulnerable pipes.This wastes water, but may be preferable to a burst pipe.
- If you leave town, you should set your thermostat no lower than 55 degrees and turn off the water supply at the main shutoff valve.Ask a friend or neighbor to check on your house.
- If your pipes do freeze:
- Turn off the water at the main shut-off valve so you don’t have problems as the ice melts.
- Leave the faucets on to relieved pressure as the ice melts.
- Use a blow dryer or heat gun to thaw frozen pipes. Do not use an open flame.
- When you have thawed the pipe, leave a little water running so the pipe doesn’t freeze again.
- If you need help taking care of frozen or burst pipes, contact Knight's Mechanical
My drains keep getting clogged. Why?
Usually drains are clogged because people are not careful of what they put in them, especially in the kitchen. Often liquid materials like grease and oil are poured into the drain, solidify and cause clogging. To avoid this problem, let grease and oils cool and solidify, then recycle them properly. Other drains, like in the bathroom, get clogged because of hair and the oil residue from soaps and shampoos. To stop hair from clogging drains, purchase a "hair catcher" to place over the drain.
Preventing Drain Odors
Drains, especially kitchen drains, can become coated with grease, oil, and food residues. In order to ease build ups, you can run very hot water through your drains to reduce and remove build up.
You can also try these other ways to keep your drains odor free:
- Once a week pour a handful of baking soda and hot water down the drain
- Pour one cup of vinegar, let stand 30 minutes and run some hot water
- Use cold water at all times when the disposal is operating
- Grind ice cubes to clean, lemon peels to freshen
- Read your maintenance manual
Heating/ Air Conditioning
How often should I have my system serviced?
In order to keep your heating and cooling system running in optimum condition, you should service your systems at least once per year. It is best to have them serviced before heavy use occurs; service the heating system in the fall and the air conditioning system in the spring.
What are the benefits of having my equipment serviced?
Servicing your Heat and AC systems annually; increases dependability; locates minor problems; allows the unit to perform at its maximum efficiency, therefore lowering energy cost, prolonging the life span of the unit, and ensuring that the unit is operating safely and healthily.
I am building a new house and wanted to know what size water heater should I buy?
Usually people base their water heater purchase on the size of the storage tank. A better method is to first estimate how much hot water you will need during the peak hour of use. This is referred to as the first-hour rating (FHR) on the Energy Guide label posted on new water heaters.
Typical hot water use is:
- Bathing 15-25 gallons per bath
- Cleaning house 5-12 gallons
- Food preparation 1-6 gallons
- Running clothes in the washer 25-40 gallons
- Running dishwasher 5-20 gallons
- Shaving 1-3 gallons
- Showering 3 gallons per minute
- Washing Dishes 4-6 gallons
- Washing hands ½ to 2 gallons