Plumbing work and water piping won’t last forever, even with the best maintenance around—and neglecting to replace it can be disastrous.
The holidays are a joyous time for many of us. Family, gifts, and good spirits abound, even during 2020! However, as happy as this season may be for you, your plumbing work might think differently. All that extra cooking, cleaning, and relatives staying over adds up to a whole lot more usage of and strain on your water piping, drastically increasing the potential for breakages, and you don’t want to deal with water piping woes during this busy time of year!
A little leakage in your plumbing work is annoying, and it certainly racks up water bills, but a burst pipe is a whole other kettle of fish! This water piping emergency can soak your carpeting, leaving it ruined and in need of replacement, and your furniture looking and feeling like it’s been pulled straight out of Lake Superior.
If you take care of your plumbing work and water piping, they work like an old pair of favorite boots: reliably, efficiently, and comfortably. Your plumbing will last years if properly maintained, too, just like the aforementioned footwear! However, none of these items hold up to any kind of strain if illy taken care of; leather boots will crack and tear without oiling, and your pipes can shake from your walls and burst open.
As we head towards winter and with colder temperatures on the horizon, this plumbing-work disaster becomes all the more common. Ice builds up inside your water piping, putting increased strain on it and eventually leading to leaks of massive proportions. While ice buildup isn’t the only cause of burst pipes, given the wrath of Minnesotan winters, it certainly is a common one.
Fall is so atmospheric, isn’t it? Warm-toned leaves and that nip in the air can sometimes make you feel as though you’re in a painting come to life. But that aforementioned nip shouldn’t just be enjoyed; it should also be a signal that it’s time to winterize your home—namely, your plumbing work.
Water piping needs periodic plumbing work in order to function at its best. How, though, can you tell when it’s under stress?
As the weather warms and you and your family begin to spend more and more time outside, perhaps the last thing on your mind is your plumbing work. Long hikes and lakeside vacations can quickly mean your home’s water piping falls by the wayside. It’s for this reason that summertime is the perfect season for plumbing issues to crop up, resulting in water damage and even mold infestations if you’re unlucky. The heat and humidity that come with the Minnesotan warm season will only exacerbate these issues, so it’s crucial that you learn to spot summer plumbing issues before they snowball and require costly remediation services.
With the state of the world as it is, it’s understandable to want to do a little bargain shopping for things you’d normally spend a little more on. From buying off-brand foods to switching to a cheaper cell service provider, your family might be making any number of changes in an attempt to live more frugally.
Our planet really is something amazing. From the smallest bacterium to the largest whale, each and every living creature, including humans, coexists in a miraculous balance with those around it. To respect and do their part in maintaining this balance, many people have taken to eco-conscious habits, such as using public transportation instead of driving to work or recycling things they’d usually throw away. Indeed, it’s important to reduce the strain we put on the environment, lest we cause the extinction of some of our favorite creatures.