Helpful Hints

Below Freezing

SPIGOTS / HOSEBIBS

  • Don’t leave your hose hooked up in the winter months below freezing.
  • If you’re concerned about your pipes freezing, let your faucet drip through the night and leave cabinet doors open.
  • In certain situations you can use heat lamps, safety first.
  • You can install heat tapes and or pipe insulation.

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Slow drains or backups

KITCHENS:

  • Do not abuse your garbage disposals or kitchen drains, such as rice potato peelings or carrot peels, and nothing with roots like celery.
  • Limit your grease going down the sink, wipe pans out with paper towels before heading for sink or dishwasher.
  • You can treat your drains regularly with a drain cleaner like Bio-Clean or RootX cleaners.
  • You can install heat tapes or pipe insulation.

TOILETS:

  • The only paper that goes in a toilet is toilet paper.
  • No feminine napkins go in the toilet, put them in the trash.

LAVATORY:

  • No hair creams or any other hair products.

TUBS & SHOWERS:

  • Limit hair down the drain.
  • Make sure you know where your main water shutoff valve is located, and that the valve works properly.
  • Keep a lookout for leaks in cabinets where there is plumbing.
  • If you are going to leave your house or business for a period of time make sure you cut your water off. Also turn off electric or gas to your water heater.
  • Know where your sewer clean outs are located.
  • Keep a lookout on any pump systems such as sump pumps or sewage injector pumps.
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