Renting? Winter Plumbing Tips for Apartments

With the mercury continuing to plunge and no sign of relief on the way, plumbing systems all around Seattle have began to act up, with drains, pipes, and water heaters struggling to keep up with excess water and increased demand. As a homeowner, the responsibility to maintain and update your plumbing is yours alone, but as a renter, you're limited in what you can upgrade, fix, or improve upon. True, help is just a phone call away, but if you're concerned about your plumbing this winter, there are a few things you can do:

Go Easy on the Commode

A no-brainer for most, but it can be easy to take advantage of an open toilet bowl and consider it a garbage disposal when laziness or carelessness strikes. Give your plumbing a break this holiday season and keep it to the bare minimum for flushing: #1, #2, and T.P.

Be Careful with the Drain

Extra cooking means extra oils and fats going down your drain. With municipal drains flowing high due to rainfall, it's never a good idea to give your drain an excuse to backup or clog - it's already having a hard enough time as it is. Check your rental agreement to see if there are additional restrictions on what you put down your drain.

Don't Abuse the Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals are meant for biodegradable food and little else - pushing it to grind up more than it can chew will not only weaken its blades, but it could cause damage to your plumbing and result in leaks, clogs, or breaks.

If you're a renter and you're in need of expert plumbing advice, contact Pioneer Plumbing and Heating in Seattle today.

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