Avoiding a Halloween Plumbing Scare
Tips to Avoid a Halloween Plumbing Scare
Running out of Halloween candy for the trick or treaters can be scary but it cannot be any more stressful than avoiding a Halloween plumbing scare!
This year’s Halloween has the elements of the perfect holiday - it falls on a Saturday so you can devote the entire day to the festivities. It will also have a full moon which can heighten the spooky mood come night time.
However, a plumbing disaster can spoil all your plans. Here we give you tips on how to avoid a Halloween plumbing scare so you can enjoy the day.
Avoiding a Halloween Plumbing Scare - Tip #1: Pumpkins Are Troublesome
How can those colorful fall gourds spell trouble especially when they turn into those smiling jack-o-lanterns? Or tasty pies and other delectable treats?
It’s mainly because of all the carving you do to churn out all those pumpkin goodies. Pumpkin residues from carving can take a toll on your kitchen drain or garbage disposal. Rinds, guts, and seeds are bad news for your plumbing.
Pumpkin gut is stringy and very sticky. When it gets exposed to air, it starts to harden and can be very difficult to remove when it gets stuck to any surface. Imagine what will happen if you wash your pumpkin trimmings down your drain.
It cannot end in anything but a disaster. Pumpkin scraps and innards can cause drain clogs and you will find yourself having to deal with expensive repairs. They can also permanently damage your garbage disposal.
Our Useful Tips:
1. When carving out your pumpkin, either for decoration or for pulp for your holiday dishes, never throw the guts down your drain or garbage disposal or horror horrors - your toilet!
Lay down old newspapers or paper bags to collect the trimmings. After you’re done carving those pumpkins, it will be as simple as rolling up the paper and disposing of it in your garbage bin.
2. If you’re blessed with a green thumb, you may want to save the seeds to plant for next year’s Halloween.
3. Or just make a tasty snack out of the seeds. Ever heard of pepitas? Yup, those are pumpkin seeds. Soak them in water, sprinkle with a bit of salt, and bake. You’ll enjoy a tasty and healthy treat in no time!
Avoiding a Halloween Plumbing Scare - Tip #2: Don’t Ignore Those Spooky Sounds
If you hear banging, thumping, rattling, or even moaning sounds in the night, it could be that you have a resident poltergeist on your hands. However, it is safer to assume that there’s trouble a-brewing in your pipes.
What are the probable causes of noise in your pipe works?
High Water Pressure. This can cause a hammering noise or can also cause your pipes to vibrate. The normal water pressure in the home should not exceed 80 psi. You can easily check the pressure in your pipes with a pressure gauge. These can be bought from your local hardware.
If you find that the water pressure in your pipes is too high, we suggest installing a pressure regulator. If this problem is not addressed, it can cause your pipes to spring leaks or burst.
Dirty Aerator or A Worn Washer. This can cause faucets to squeal or whistle. Replacing the worn part can easily solve the problem.
Mineral Buildup or Worn Main Water Supply Valve. This can cause whistling sounds within the pipes themselves. If you suspect this is the case for you, it’s better to contact your plumber for diagnosis and repair.
Improperly Insulated Copper Pipes. This can cause a faint but irritating squeaky noise in your home. When hot water is turned on, it flows through the metal pipes. This causes them to expand and rub against the walls or structural features of the house. This is what causes a squeaking or rubbing sound.
Before you think of tearing down walls to insulate your pipes, the simplest solution to these squeaks is to turn the water heater down a bit. While not a guaranteed fix, this simple remedy usually solves the problem.
Avoiding a Halloween Plumbing Scare - Tip #3: Fix Those Leaky Taps
A leaky tap may be scarier than your worst Halloween nightmares. You can end up with an astronomical water bill if you ignore those leaks. They may start as pesky drips but they can potentially escalate into major leaks.
Such leaks can add a few gallons of water a day to your consumption. That may not seem much but in a year, you can be wasting an average of 5,300 gallons PER TAP. And most likely, you won’t have just one leaky faucet in your home.
A leaky tap can lead to bigger problems if you don’t fix it.
Health hazards. While the leak itself does not pose any hazard, it can cause molds and mildew to develop in your home.
Molds, in particular, produce mycotoxins. These are toxic chemicals that can cause health issues including allergies and respiratory problems.
Leaky taps can also create stagnant water which not only causes accidents but can also serve as a breeding ground for bacteria or insects.
Structural Damage. If left unchecked, leaky taps can cause structural damage to your home including damage to the foundation, walls, or floors. Water damage is not a joke. Leaky taps that develop into bigger problems can cost you major dollars in repair expenses.
Ultimately, however, fixing a faulty and leaky tap is your contribution to the environment. Water is a precious resource and we should all do our share in water conservation.
What are the possible causes of a leaky faucet?
Tap Type. Some types of faucets are prone to leaking. Ball-type taps are the most likely culprits when it comes to leaking faucets. These have a lot of moving parts and seals, and they tend to wear out easily.
We suggest replacing the taps in your home with disk or compression taps.
Damaged Parts. The leak may be caused by a damaged cartridge, the part that regulates water flow and temperature. In case of a faulty cartridge, it’s a simple fix of replacing it.
The other part that may be damaged that can cause a leak is the valve seat. These can corrode or can be affected by mineral buildup.
If you are handy with tools, replacing these parts can be a good DIY project. However, it’s better to call your plumber, who has the right tools and the knowledge to repair them for you.
Excessive Water Pressure. When your pipes have too much water pressure, they get backed up with water. This backed-up water needs to find an outlet, so it begins to leak out of your taps. A plumber should be able to find a simple solution to this problem.
Pipe Issues. A leaky tap can be an indicator of pipe problems. If there are cracks or damage in your pipes, water pressure in your home can become erratic. This can cause your taps to occasionally leak.
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