One Call Plumbing Blog: Archive for December, 2017

Don’t Let Frozen Pipes Halt Your Plumbing System!

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photo

Freezing pipes are an unfortunately common occurrence during our chilly winters. And they can cause a good deal of damage if they’re not dealt with properly. This is because as water in the pipes freezes, it expands, putting pressure on the walls of the pipe.

As you’ve probably guessed, this can cause openings for leaks, and even burst plumbing pipes. To protect your plumbing system from freezing in this manner, there are a few things you can do. Keep reading to learn more, and contact our experienced staff for Durham, NC plumbing services if you end up with damaged plumbing or if you’d like to learn more.

Open Your Faucets

The pipes most susceptible to freezing are the ones located outside of your home. If you have any outdoor faucets that you use for sprinkler systems or hoses, make sure you turn off the water flow to these points. Then, open the relevant faucets, taking care to drain any water that’s left, then leave them open. You may also want to pick up some …

Use Your Water Meter to Detect Leaks

Faucet Slowly Dripping Water

Have you found yourself with unnaturally high water bills that can’t
be explained? It stands to reason that your water bills will fluctuate
somewhat from month to month depending on your use. However, when your
utilities skyrocket for no apparent reason, it’s time to take a closer
look at what’s going on with your plumbing system.

Even the smallest plumbing leaks can waste a significant amount of water—in fact, according to the US EPA, a faucet leaking at just one drop per second wastes 3,000 gallons of water per year! But you may have that “small” of a leak anywhere in your water line, including places you can see such as the pipes that run underneath your slab to the ones behind your walls.

So what if you suspect you do have a leak? Is there anything you can do? When it comes down to it, the best thing to do is give our team a call so we can perform professional Durham, NC leak detection services. In the meantime though, the following may help you determine on your …