Winterize Your Outdoor Plumbing System

Winterize Your Outdoor Plumbing System

While El Nino is certainly extending the heat of summer throughout the country, it’s best to prepare early for cooler weather up ahead. For your home, now is the perfect time to winterize your outdoor plumbing system so you can free yourself from the hassle of tinkering with or repairing the system when it’s already freezing out there, just to get a steady supply of water both in and out of your home.

It’s best to start off by inspecting all outdoor water faucets and pipes and making sure they’re all drained properly. Close the shut-off valves of all your outdoor water faucets and drain the lines completely, and then leave them open until the arrival of spring. You may also need to use an insulated faucet cover for further protection.

And speaking of protection, aside from an insulated faucet cover, you may also need to use spray foam insulation to prevent these plumbing components from freezing. When pipes freeze, they become highly prone to damage; if a pipe bursts, you’ll waste a lot of water—and if it bursts in the exterior wall of your home, the damages can set you back by thousands of dollars. And that’s not just damage to your wall and plumbing; other structural components may get ruined as well

As for irrigation pipes in the ground, drain them all as well and shut off the water supply to all of them. Meanwhile, do insulate your septic system, too, to prevent the septic tank and the pipes from your home leading to it from freezing and causing wastewater to back up to your home.

There are still so many other things that need to be done in making sure that your septic system will not cause you any trouble in the winter. You may find some of these tasks too difficult and time-consuming to take care of yourself. Therefore, in completely winterizing your plumbing system, do what you can do on your own, but leave all the other complex responsibilities you do not want done twice to us, the professionals.

Also, make certain that you do so before the chilly season hits for your convenience—the last thing you want when you’re celebrating the holidays at home is to be plagued with plumbing issues that prevent your home from being the clean and cozy sanctuary from the cold that it’s supposed to be.

And more importantly, preventive measures or maintenance efforts are definitely so much friendlier to the budget than repair and replacements.

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5 Critical Cesspool Maintenance Tips for the Winter

You do not want your septic system to get frozen, so make sure you take the necessary steps to ensure that it doesn’t. The following cesspool maintenance tips will help prevent this rather common wintertime problem:

  1. Cover all risers, inspection pipes, manholes, etc. Sealing them and adding insulation will also work. Using insulated pipes or laying Styrofoam over the tank will serve to reinforce insulation. All these ideally should have been done during construction, especially if the cesspool or septic tank is less than two feet from the surface.
  2. Preventing cesspool troubles in the wintertime is really mostly about insulation, so place a layer of mulch, about eight to 12 inches thick, over pipes, tank, and soil treatment system. This will also work to better insulate the system. You could use leaves, hay, straw, and other loose material that will not firm up and stay put. This is especially necessary if your system was recently installed and no vegetative cover has yet to grow. If this isn’t the case, allowing your grass to grow longer in the later summer or fall will also help.
  3. If you sense that your system is beginning to freeze, use warm water. Normal water use is enough to help warm the system. Running a warm or hot laundry load, using your dishwasher, taking a hot bath—these activities can help prevent your septic system from freezing. Don’t go overboard, though. Leaving water running all the time is not only wasteful, but it will also hydraulically overload the system.
  4. Make sure that you keep any kind of traffic—vehicular or pedestrian—off of the system all throughout the year as you don’t want compacted soil or snow over it. Compacted snow will not insulate as well as loose snow, while compacted soil tends to freeze deeper. If traffic cannot be prevented, then make sure the components of the system are insulated.
  5. If you’re not going to be there to monitor the situation at your house, you need to plan accordingly. You need to pump out your tank before leaving or you may have to ask a neighbor or hire someone to come regularly to use sufficient quantities of water. If you can manage it, install a small condensate pump that holds and discharges two gallons per cycle. The goal is to prevent the sewage from getting very cold and freezing. If you return to the house before the temperature starts to rise, the effluent leaving the tank will be cold.

These cesspool maintenance tips for the cold season will help prevent freezing problems and all the trouble and inconvenience that they come with.

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How to Clean Your Main Sewer Line

Out of sight, out of mind. When it comes to some structures inside and outside of a home, like the roof and the main sewer line, property owners have a faint idea of their functions, but rarely pay attention to these until a problem is encountered.

As for the main sewer line, many property owners know that its main function is to transport waste water away from the home and toward the sewer mains. However, most homeowners forget about their home’s sewer lines until problems like clogged drains or toilets, sewage back up, and gurgling sounds from the toilet and sink become noticeable. Left unchecked and ignored, these problems can worsen and lead to expensive repairs or replacements.

Fortunately, a sewer line problem does not arise from nowhere. In most instances, you will notice signs of a clogged main sewer line, allowing you to take the necessary steps to correct the problem.

Among the most common red flags to watch out for are water backup and gurgling sounds. If you notice these signs, you might be dealing with an issue with either the secondary or main line. If the problem is with the main line, you will notice problems in other areas in the sewage system. On the other hand, if the problem lies with the secondary line, the problem will be confined in that area.

If you live in an older home, one problem you have to be prepared to face is clogging of the sewer line due to the growth of tree roots. As the roots of trees grow, they can crush pipes that are buried in the yard.

The first step in knowing how to clean your main sewer line, after taking into account what the symptoms are, is to ascertain whether the issue lies with the main or secondary line. Next, you need to determine what the cause of the problem is.

Among the most common causes of the clogging, collapse and breakage of sewer lines are the buildup of foreign objects, rusting of metal pipes, the growth of tree roots, corrosion of pipe joints and shifting ground. Knowing the actual cause of the problem will allow you to perform the necessary steps. However, there might be instances wherein it can be difficult for the average homeowner to ascertain what the exact problem is. This is where it is advisable to call in professional plumbers like us to help eliminate the guesswork and perform the correct solutions.

With our skills, experience and specialized tools, our professional team can identify the exact location of the problem, allowing you to avoid costly and time-consuming conventional repairs which often entail the use of heavy equipment.

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