Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! You’ve made the preparations, picked up the flowers, chocolates, card, and you’re ready to surprise your significant other with a beautiful home-cooked meal. However, while you’re pouring your heart into a glorious feast for your partner, don’t neglect your plumbing. That’s right, Valentine’s Day can wreak havoc on your sink, drains, and garbage disposal. To help make sure you keep your plumbing safe, here are some Valentine’s Day plumbing tips from the experts here at Right Away Plumbing.
Locate Your Main Water Shutoff Valve
The first, and probably most important thing you should do to prevent plumbing problems this Valentine’s Day is to locate your main water shutoff valve. Typically, you’ll find your shutoff valve on the exterior of your home facing the street. However, you’ll sometimes find your shutoff valve on the side or back of your home or business.
Why is finding your shutoff valve so important, you ask? Well, in the event of a plumbing emergency, it’s imperative to find and turn off your main water supply quickly. Shutting off the water supply can prevent further damage during a flood or other plumbing emergency. So, before you cook your significant other a wonderful meal this Valentine’s Day, make sure you find your shutoff valve first.
Find And Fix All Leaks, Big Or Small
Once you’ve found your shutoff valve, survey your property and fix any leaks you find. Remember, leaks only get worse as time goes on. So, if you have any leaks on your property, get them repaired as soon as possible. If you’d like help fixing any plumbing leaks before the big day, contact the professional plumbers here at Right Away Plumbing.
Get Your Pipes Insulated
Here in the Chicago area, it definitely gets cold during the winter. Having insulated pipes goes a long way toward preventing frozen pipe problems. And, pipe insulation helps prevent heat loss from your hot water supply. So, if you haven’t already, make sure you contact us to help insulate your pipes.
Keep Your Garbage Disposal Safe
If you’re cooking at home this year and you have a garbage disposal, then you can prevent Valentine’s Day plumbing disasters by merely refusing to put any of the following items down your disposal:
- Coffee grounds
- Grease, fat, or oil
- Celery and other tough vegetables
- Potato peels and different food skins
- Fruit pies, syrups, and other sticky food items
Don’t Pour Grease Down The Drain
One of the biggest things you can do to help prevent plumbing disasters during your Valentine’s Day is to refuse to put any grease, fat, or oil down the drain. While it may be a nice, easy-flowing liquid while hot, grease, and fat solidify once they cool. And, if they solidify in your drain line, then that’s a clog, and you’ll need the help of our plumbing professionals. So, save yourself a headache and plumbing bill by merely putting your leftover fat, grease, and cooking oil in an old coffee tin instead of down the drain.
Contact Right Away Plumbing For Valentine’s Day Plumbing Assistance!
Need help with any of the Valentine’s Day plumbing tips listed above? Well, then you’ve come to the right place! Contact the professional plumbers here at Right Away Plumbing for help getting your home plumbing system ready this Valentine’s Day! We’re always standing by to help!