Refreshing | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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Refreshing | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

If you’re having people over for New Year’s Eve, check your plumbing to make sure it’s ready. If it’s not, Billy the Sunshine Plumber can help with that.

You took a look at all the New Year’s Eve events around Tampa Bay and decided – to stay home. Actually, you decided to stay home and have lots of friends come over for a party. At midnight, you plan to go outside where the fireworks from St. Pete will be visible.

That’s a great idea. While you’re getting the house ready for your guests, be sure to check the plumbing – especially in bathrooms and other areas that aren’t used a lot – to make sure it’s working. You should also refresh the water in those pipes, according to Andrew Whelton, an associate professor of civil engineering and environmental and ecological engineering at Purdue. Whelton researches how pipes affect water quality.

Whelton recommends these plumbing tips for the holidays:

  • Refresh and clean your pipes. To refresh your pipes, let the water run for at least five minutes at each faucet for cold and then hot water. For pipe cleaning, remove the faucet aerators to help the water have high flow. The faster the water moves, the better the pipe cleaning. Consider this before guests arrive, after you return from the holidays and maybe even as a yearly habit.
  • Clean faucet aerators. Sometimes debris gets stuck inside faucets. This material can collect contaminants. To clean out the debris, unscrew aerators from a faucet, such as on a kitchen and bathroom sink.
  • Replace expired water filters, if you have them. These devices may be attached to faucets, underneath the sink or inside your refrigerator. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If not routinely replaced, filters can become sources of unhealthy water.
  • Check water softener. If you have a water softener, make sure there’s enough salt. When the softener isn’t working, minerals can build up in your pipes, which can cause appliances to sometimes stop working. Mineral buildup slows down water flow from faucets.”

Following Whelton’s tips will also give you a chance to make sure water is flowing freely, drains are working and toilets flushing. If you run into a problem, now’s the time to get it fixed – not when your plumbing fails while you have guests in your home.

If you find you have a problem, call the Tampa Bay plumbing experts at Billy the Sunshine Plumber.

Billy the Sunshine Plumber has been the trusted plumbing pro in Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus county since he opened for business almost 100 years ago in 1924. Billy the Sunshine Plumber is available 24/7/365. That’s right, Billy the Sunshine Plumber is here to help you days, nights, weekends, and holidays (yes, he’s open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day). Billy the Sunshine Plumber can help with that. 

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