Tips and Tricks for Preventing Pipe Damage

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Plumbing and pipe damage can become inconvenient and expensive very quickly. At Richardson Plumbing our goal is to offer you the best possible service. This is why we provide you with tips and tricks for preventing pipe damage.

1. Only flush approved items

Do not flush anything down the toilet. Bulky items can cause a pipe to burst. Other hazardous items to your pipes include grease and other things that could cause a clogged system. Teach your children the proper things that can be flushed down the toilet to avoid big pipe problems.

2. Avoid frozen pipes

In colder areas, such as Kentucky in the winter, it is important to make sure your pipes do not freeze by making sure they are insulated properly. Freezing damage can be prevented very easily with a couple of simple tips and tricks. The first option is to leave your faucets running slowly, moving water through the pipes will usually prevent them from freezing. Keep your home warm and do not allow it to go below 32 degrees in the areas where pipes are located. By allowing warm air to enter into areas such as the garage and other unheated areas you can protect your pipes from the harsh cold weather. If your cabinets are left open it will allow warm air to surround the pipes, decreasing the risk of the pipes becoming frozen. Products like heat tapes can be installed by a plumbing professional to warm pipes during extreme cold temperatures. If you will be away from your home it is important to make sure it maintains a warm temperature during cold weather.

3. Practice proper landscaping

Walk around your yard and inspect the landscape. Inspect your trees and roots to ensure they are not causing damage to pipes. Believe it or not tree roots, looking for moisture, can actually puncture through your pipes. The hair-like roots can cause clogs and breakage. If roots are not removed promptly a complete blockage may occur. Using powerful cutting, a professional plumber can remove the roots and in many cases replace your affected pipes. One of the most important things for you to know regarding your plumbing is where your pipes are actually located. You can reduce the chances of root interference by limiting the number of trees and plants near pipes or by simply choosing plants and trees that produce less roots. Trees and plants that grow slowly will likely have less and smaller root systems. When planting large trees, be sure to plant them where the roots can’t reach pipes.

If you think you may already have a damaged pipe it is essential to call a professional right away. The problem will not go away on its own and will likely worsen if not tended to. At Richardson Plumbing our professionals are knowledgeable, trustworthy and experienced. We are family owned and operated and guarantee our customers quick service at a fair and honest price. At Richardson Plumbing we provide full service plumbing to the Northern KY and Cincinnati areas. Call us today for assistance in all your plumbing needs.

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