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Don't Let Frozen Pipes Flood Your Home This Winter

Protecting your home’s plumbing may be important throughout the entire year, but preparing them for a frigid Libertyville winter is absolutely crucial. Cold temperatures can cause your plumbing to freeze and burst, leading to extensive flooding and water damage.

This video from CBS will show you just how serious even the smallest pipe bursts can be. You’ll also learn about some easy ways to protect your plumbing from bitter cold temperatures.

For professional help preparing your home’s plumbing for another cold winter, call Arrow Plumbing Inc. We specialize in all types of residential and commercial plumbing services throughout the Libertyville area. Visit Arrow Plumbing Inc. online or call (847) 549-9600 today.

Preparing Your Home's Plumbing for Winter

Proper planning is essential to avoiding a cold-weather repair nightmare. The following maintenance tips can help homeowners protect their homes from costly plumbing breakdowns.

Plumber insulating a copper pipe.

  • Protect Your Pipes: Water’s unique molecular structure causes it to take up more space as a solid. The resulting pressure from this phase shift can compromise the stability of any pipe. Once pipes begin to freeze and split, homeowners are left with limited options. Electrical heating tape and foam insulation should be applied to exposed water and drain piping around the home to protect it from subzero temperatures. This is especially vital for pipes that run outside the protection of your home’s thermal envelope.
  • Long-Term Precautions: Homeowners who leave for the winter must take extra steps to protect internal plumbing. The first step in this process is to completely shut down the main water supply to your home. Next, locate and identify drainage valves across the home. Flushing toilets and opening valves will create vacuum pressure that removes water from home plumbing. Eliminate water from pipes to prevent stationary freezing while your family is absent. Contacting a professional plumber provides the best guarantee that your pipes are properly winterized.
  • Other Winterizing Tips: Small adjustments can boost efficiency of systems and appliances in any home. Before colder weather moves in, be sure to test your heater. Also remember to replace the air filter and check fuel levels. Insulation blankets can provide extra protection for families with a tank water heater. Don’t forget to remove water from sprinkler systems with compressed air. Failing to do so can result in permanent damaged sprinkler outlets. 

Brush up on more maintenance basics by visiting Arrow Plumbing online. Libertyville residents can reach us at (847) 549-9600 for reliable, insured plumbing services. Our adept technicians are dedicated to building a comfortable professional relationship with clients. Let us solve your disposal, sump pump, and leak issues before they damage your home. 

Items You Shouldn't Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals are incredibly useful tools, but there are some materials even they can’t handle. Use these homeowner tips to avoid putting the wrong items down your garbage disposal.

Garbage disposal

  • Common Food Perpetrators: Starch-heavy foods like potatoes, rice, and yams can easily form serious clogs. While a few grains of rice shouldn’t cause noticeable effects, dumping leftovers can have serious consequences. Also avoid draining stews and family-sized portions. Moisture and temperature cause the starch particles in these foods to dissolve and combine into carbohydrate sludge. This starchy gel can quickly cause drains to back up or flood a kitchen. Disposing of small animal bones won’t harm the disposal’s motor, but it will dull the blades. Wrap and toss bones into the trash to maintain maximum disposal efficiency.
  • Drain Breakers: Most non-food items can cause significant damage once caught inside a garbage disposal. Many of these items can become nearly impossible to safely retrieve without professional help. Keep metal silverware, glass, paper, and all plastics clear of garbage disposal drains. Use a strainer to prevent unwanted objects from infiltrating the disposal. For best results, make a habit of clearing your sink before operating the disposal. Also remember to avoid pouring hot water down a garbage disposal. The heat can cause leftover grease particles to collect and clog the disposal.

Understanding what can or cannot be put down your garbage disposal is key to avoiding a preventable repair call. For more tips on preventative plumbing maintenance or troubleshooting some common plumbing questions, visit Arrow Plumbing online. If you’re in need of a professional plumber immediately, call us at (847) 549-9600 to schedule a quick, radio-dispatched repair.

Learn the Basics: Online Plumbing Resources


If you have enjoyed our recent blog topics that have included signs that your water heater is on its last legs and common reasons to call in the pros, then check out the following additional resources.

  • HowStuffWorks teaches you plumbing basics and includes diagrams explaining how the plumbing system in your home works.
  • Does your hot water heater smell? Calling a professional will help you understand what is causing the smell and how to stop it.
  • When it comes to clogged drains, most people think of the drains inside the building. This article reveals that clogged roof drains can be an even bigger issue.
  • This Old House magazine offers information about pipe networks in your home and how to make them more efficient.

If you’re having any plumbing issues, please call Arrow Plumbing Inc. at (847) 549-9600. Our experienced professionals serve the entire Libertyville area including residential and commercial clients.

On the Go All the Time? Get the Angie's List Mobile App

Free time seems to be less and less common in today’s world. If the only time you have to think about a plumber for that nagging bathroom clog is in the carpool line at school, check out the Angie’s List Mobile App for Android. Take the convenience of Angie’s List wherever you go and know that you have the best plumbing and contracting professionals at your fingertips.

Arrow Received Angie's List Super Service Award

As a recent recipient of the Super Service Award for 2010 by Angie's List, you know you’re in great hands with Arrow Plumbing Inc. See what others are saying about us and if you have questions on your plumbing, whether you’re completing renovation or have other plumbing issues in your home, please contact us at (847) 549-9600.

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