It's that time of year again. Hot cocoa, cozy fires, and frozen pipes. If you, like most, would prefer to make it through this winter without a big mess in your home from a frozen pipe, read below to find out why frozen pipes happen and how you can prevent them from happening to your home.
It's About to Blow
Your plumbing pipes are not normally under pressure, and that is the way it should be.
One of the disasters that every homeowner dreads is water damage. Sometimes, the damage happens slowly over months because of a leaking pipe or faucet. At other times, the pipe bursts as a result of excess pressure, weakness, or temperature differences.
Few people will know how to react when a pipe just opens up and water starts gushing everywhere. Therefore, water damage from a burst type can cause a lot of damage within a short time.
Depending on your comfort level with DIY-type activities, it can be tempting to try and tackle any problem that may happen at your home all by yourself. While this is true in some instances, such as replacing faucets and unclogging toilets, one area that you never want to try to tackle all by yourself is your home's electricity. Without proper training, tools, and knowledge of your home's electrical system, you're setting yourself up for massive issues that can result in huge damage to your home.
When your home has an old hot water heater, you may be concerned that it could suddenly break down at any moment due to its age. If so, be on the lookout for the following warning signs that the unit has issues that need to be addressed by a professional before the water heater fails completely.
1. Water Pools or Stains Around the Base of the Water Heater
One warning sign that there is a serious problem with your water heater is when you start noticing water pools around the base of the unit.
Clogged drains are an inconvenience that most homeowners try to avoid. There are a number of things that can contribute to clogged drains. Some of the contributing factors such as allowing grease to free-flow through drains are something that can be attributed to homeowners. However, other issues such as tree roots extending into drain lines are usually out of the control of homeowners. This natural phenomenon can be avoided if homeowners choose not to have trees growing too close to their homes.