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Spring Cleaning for Your Plumbing

Spring is here! This has many people thinking about the projects they’ve neglected over the winter months or the spring cleaning you need to get started on. Don’t forget about your plumbing! Here are some tips to keep your pipes and other plumbing fixtures running smoothly.

Check over your plumbing fixtures

The fluctuations in temperatures throughout winter and summer can take a toll on your pipes and other fixtures. Especially with the weather we have in Montrose, it doesn’t stay at one temperature for very long and the freeze and thaw cycle can be rough on plumbing. Be sure and check outside faucets and hydrants. You’ll also want to keep an eye on any plumbing that is in colder areas such as an entryway, garage, or near external walls.

Clean your drains

The cooler temperatures throughout your home make things like grease and soap much more likely to stick to the walls and side of drain pipes. Over time, this scum can build up and start to catch things like hair, small food particles, and other items. A gradual build-up can cause some bad blockage in your drains. We don’t recommend using chemical drain cleaners as these can corrode your pipes and cause further damage. Use a drain snake to clear your drains or have them inspected and cleaned by a professional.

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Check for leaks

The harsh winter weather can cause lots of stress on your plumbing and it’s good to check it for leaks. Cold weather can cause seals to become brittle and break and cause pipes to crack. To see if you might have a leak, check your water reading when no water is running. Then don’t use any water for several hours and check the reading again. You can do this before going to bed or going to work to ensure no water is used. If it seems you have a leak, we can help identify problem areas and fix them.

Think your pipes and other plumbing fixtures might need some professional help? Contact us about our plumbing services or give us a call at 970-249-6790.

Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

Temperatures are dropping, and if they get low enough your pipes could be at risk for freezing and bursting. When water freezes, it expands and will put pressure on whatever is containing it, this includes metal and plastic pipes. In fact, one of the most common causes of property damage during bitter winter weather is burst pipes. Pipes most likely to freeze are ones that run against exterior walls with little to no insulation, pipes exposed to extremely cold temperatures such as outdoor hose bibs, or water sprinkler lines, and pipes in unheated interior spaces such as basements, attics, crawl spaces, and garages. Burst pipes can end up causing thousands of dollars in damage, so we are here to let you know how you can prevent this from happening.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

Before the extremely cold weather arrives there are some things you can do to protect your pipes and keep them from freezing.

  • Follow the manufacture’s/installer’s directions to drain water from water sprinkler supply lines and other similar types of lines. You can either use directions to do it yourself or call a professional to do it for you, either way, this is an important task.
  • Remove, drain, and store outdoor hoses. Make sure to close the valves supplying the outdoor hose bibs, and then open the outside hose bibs allowing water to drain. You’ll want to keep the outside valve open allowing any remaining water to expand without the pipe breaking.
  • We talked about pipes in areas such as basements, attics, crawl spaces, and garages being more prone to feezing, to prevent these pipes from freezing make sure to add some insulation to these areas in order to maintain a higher temperature.
  • Install specific products made to help insulate water pipes. There are many different products you can use for this such as a pipe sleeve, heat tap, heat cable, or even newspaper. Believe it or not even 1/4” of newspaper can provide some degree of protection.
  • Keep your thermostat set to the same temperature during the day and at night. If you leave for a period of time during the cold months, make sure to leave the heat on in your home. It is recommended to keep your home no lower than 55 degrees while you’re away.
Thawing Frozen Pipes

If you turn on a faucet and only a small trickle of water comes out, it is safe to suspect a frozen pipe. There are a few things you can do to try and unfreeze them before having to call a professional.

  • Keep the faucet open so that water can flow through the frozen area once you treat it and it begins to melt. Running water through the pipe will help melt the ice in the pipe.
  • After you’ve checked the vulnerable areas for freezing and found where the pipe is frozen you will want to apply heat to that section. You can do this by wrapping an electrical heating pad around the pipe, using an electric hair dryer to apply heat, or by wrapping the pipes with towels that have been soaked in hot water. Do not use open flame devices.
  • Keep applying heat until you have full water pressure. Make sure to check other faucets throughout your house in order to determine if you have any additional frozen pipes. Chances are, if one pipe freezes, others may too.
  • If you suspect a frozen pipe but are not able to locate it, or if the pipe is not accessible, call a professional plumber.

Be prepared and follow the steps to prevent pipe freezing before the freezing temperatures hit. SAM’S Heating & Air Conditioning is ready to come to your service if you have pipes giving you the cold shoulder. Call us today for a free service call.


Cold Showers Actually Have Perks

Most people end up calling a repair man when their water heater isn’t working correctly, because who wants to take a cold shower? Although, taking a shower using cold water isn’t typically the way it’s done, some people actually do this on purpose. Taking a cold shower may not be as enjoyable as a hot one, but it does have benefits. Cold showers are known to benefit; health, skin, hair, and energy. If you think you can handle a cold shower first thing in the morning, we are going to let you know about some of the perks you’re in for.


Many people use coffee in the morning to add some pep in their step, but there’s something better, a cold shower! Just a couple minutes under the cold water will wake you up more than your espresso. This is perfect if you don’t drink coffee, or if you’re needing something more to help you get going in the mornings. The shock of the cold water will snap you awake, but it’s not the only reason a cold shower gets you going. When you are under the cold water your body is going to respond in order to keep you warm. In cold temperatures your body will stimulate longer and deeper breathes so that you are able to take in more oxygen, and your heart rate will naturally increase in order to assist with blood flow. A cold shower may not feel the best, and the things your body is doing to warm you up probably won’t actually allow you to feel warmer, but it will definitely put some pep in your step.

2.Boosting Your Immune System

When your blood flow is increased due to the cold shower, your white blood cells will race through your body. Next time your’re feeling a little under the weather, a cold shower might be in your best interest. Your white blood cells are your natural disease fighting system, and having that little extra kick from them might help you fight your symptoms even faster. Getting your blood circulating like this also benefits your health because your heart is getting exercise while your arteries are getting cleared out, and your blood pressure is lowering.

3. Burning Fat

We talked about your body having to work hard to keep you warm in a cold shower and a couple of the benefits you get from that process, but there is another benefit! Cold showers might even help you lose weight. The fuel your body uses to keep you warm is fat, which gets burned during the process your body goes through to try and keep you warm. So if you want to get your metabolism moving, hop in the cold shower.

4. Beautiful Skin and Hair

I’m sure most of us agree that hot showers feel great, and are almost always preferred over a cold one, but they can dry out your skin. Cold showers can make your skin look great by tightening your pores. Tightening your pores is especially great for people with oily skin or acne. We can’t forget about the hair. Cold water can make your hair appear shinier, as well as strengthen hair follicles and overall scalp health. If you can bare through those cold showers you might end up with great looking skin and hair.

5.Soothing Muscle Pain

Many people take warm showers or baths when they have sore muscles, or are expecting to get them, but the truth is a cold shower is probably better for your muscles in this case. Cold water soothes tired muscles, and helps minimize the intensity of delayed muscle soreness. You see professional athletes take ice baths all the time for these very reasons. The next time you think your muscles might get sore, try taking a cold shower and see if you can tell the difference.

Cold showers might not be for everyone, but if you can handle them, there are many benefits for your body. Of course if you’re taking an unplanned cold shower, then you might need to call your local plumber for maintenance, repair, or replacement of your hot water heater. If you know about any other benefits to taking a cold shower please feel free to comment or email us.

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