Now that Thanksgiving is over, the winter season is in full swing and the weather is definitely proving it.
While there are the usual trips to school and home – this is the time of year when most families stay indoors and try to keep warm.
Heading out on a weekend day for some sledding is one thing but, spending several hours out in the backyard playing in the cold weather is not something many folks enjoy doing in the cold weather.
However, with everyone staying indoors and using the systems of the home more, it is more important than ever to make sure that your plumbing system is in top working condition.
Small plumbing issues may go unnoticed without consequence during the summer months. However, during the winter months, it is essential that you keep your plumbing system in top working condition or it might malfunction in a way that could be both disruptive and expensive.
Here are a few things that you can do to make sure that your plumbing system doesn’t leave you with a serious emergency:
Make sure that you have a garbage can or a compost bucket in the kitchen to avoid anyone putting food items down the garbage disposal that could be damaging. Things like thick winter squash, meats, and root vegetables should all go into the garbage can and not the disposal.
Don’t put any animal grease or fats down the drain this winter when you are cooking. During the summer months, it is nice to be able to grill outside. But, during the winter those foods get cooked in the oven or on the stove and leave behind fats and grease. Pouring the animal fat down the drain is a surefire way to cause serious damage and clogs to your entire drain and sewer system.
Keep your toilet well-maintained and don’t let any small leaks or clogs go unrepaired. Your toilets are a direct line to your sewer system and if anything is wrong with them – you can be that something is wrong with the sewer system. Have these issues investigated right away.
Make sure that your plumbing system is in top working condition during the winter months by avoiding these behaviors that might put your system at risk.