Lay Some Love on Your Pipes

Smooth moves for your main lines this Valentine’s Day. 

Love is in the air. Since January, your local grocery store has probably been decked out with roses, pink balloons and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, all aimed at fueling romance between you and your sweetie.

But you may have forgotten one of the most important loves of your life. The one that keeps you warm at night, shelters you from every storm, and stands by you no matter what.

Whether you’re in the honeymoon phase or a long-term relationship, this special someone’s plumbing has got to be your top priority on Valentine’s Day.

I’m talking about your house, of course! If you want to keep the romantic juices flowing in this season of love, you’ve got to show your home a little TLC. Here are some tips to get your lovefest started.

Heat Things Up

While romance season is heating up, the temps outside are still cold. February is a rough season for frozen pipes, so turning up the heat all over the house will help protect your plumbing. The pipes that freeze most often run along exterior walls or in unheated areas like crawlspaces. Crank your thermostat to make sure they stay toasty warm, and add insulation to crawlspace pipes. Don’t forget to drip a faucet on the coldest nights, too.

A Slow Boil

There’s nothing that ruins the mood quite like dirty pipes. Over time, fats and grease can coat the inside of your home’s sewer pipes, restricting flow and even causing a backup. That’s why you should never pour cooking oil or grease down the drain. But, normal use like showering with soap can lead to buildup, too.

To melt your true love’s heart — and that greasy buildup — boil a large pot of water and add some salt to the mix (anywhere from a half to a full cup). Then slowly pour the salty water down your drain.

My Chemical-Free Romance

You and your home have enough chemistry without using harsh drain cleaners. In fact, chemical cleaners can damage your pipes, a move that’s sure to harsh your game.

Go au naturale instead. If the boiling saltwater trick doesn’t have your drains flowing clear, you can add some oomph with a natural, biological drain cleaner like BioOne.

No matter how you celebrate Valentine’s Day, a little attention to your home’s systems is never a bad move. And if you need a little help, your Philadelphia plumber is ready to be your wingman. For more information, visit www.calljg.com or call us at (215) 375-7134.

About Joseph Giannone 5 Articles
Joseph Giannone, is a local expert and owner of Joseph Giannone Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, proudly serving NW Philly (and all of Philadelphia & Delaware counties). More info at calljg.com or call 215-375-7134

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