Myth 1: For years, sales representatives for Pex Pipe have boasted that Pex Pipe could freeze, expand, and contract without consequence, but this winter has put that claim to rest. Just in the past week, Half Moon Plumbing has received three calls in which Pex Pipe has frozen and burst, creating havoc for our customers.
There are some ways to prevent your pipes from freezing, no matter what type of piping material they are made from.
- Keep the water moving! Moving water is much less likely to freeze. So leave the water running in a very fine stream throughout the night when the temps are going to be sub-zero.
- Heat. Open your cabinet doors so the heat in your house can circulate into the cabinet where your pipes are.
- Disconnect your hoses from your outside faucets. (Many times homeowners don’t realize the pipe has burst until the spring when they start to use their outside faucets).
Myth 2: Running Water While Using the Garbage Disposal Helps the Waste Travel Smoothly
Many homeowners believe that they can put just about anything down their garbage disposals as long as they run water. The truth, however, is that some things do not belong in a garbage disposal no matter how much water you run. Hard or thick food items, such as banana peel and eggshells, can damage your disposal, which may require an expensive repair or drain cleaning. If you’re considering putting thick foods down your disposal, you’ll need to break them up thoroughly and mix them with water beforehand.
Myth 3: As Long As Things Keep Going Down My Drain, It Isn’t Getting Clogged
As long as my drain is working, then it isn’t getting clogged, is false. Our number one drain complaint is the kitchen sink drain. Everyday use of drains alone can cause buildup (hair, soap scum, grease, etc.). To avoid faster buildup in your drains, avoid pouring grease/oil down your sink drains, scrape all food particles from dishes before washing them, dump coffee grounds in the trash or your mulch pile, and buy an inexpensive filter to place over the drain if you have major hair or soap scum issues. A regular cleaning of your draining system is also recommended. We have an environmentally friendly product that we use that uses bacteria to eat away those fats, oils, and greases.