Tips for fixing stuck water shut off valves

 

Have you ever tried to turn off the water to a sink or toilet, only to find that the shutoff valve seems stuck in place This happens when the rubber seat inside the valve dries out or becomes coated with lime and minerals. It’s a good idea to exercise these valves a couple times a year by moving the faucet handle back and forth so it will move freely and easily in any emergency that requires that the water be turned off. But if the valve won’t budge, be careful. Forcing it counterclockwise could break the.

You and Freezing Pipes AmFam

You and Freezing Pipes What you need. When frigid temperatures are here indeed. Here are some frozen facts, and tips to help prevent freezing pipes in your home. Whenever temperatures drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, water pipes in your home can be susceptible to freezing, and bursts. As we know, when water freezes, it becomes ice, and expands. As water expands into ice, it can damage metal and plastic PVC pipes. The most vulnerable pipes run along exterior walls, through crawlspaces and attics. Weak pipe joints are vulnerable too. Water pipes in your home are under constant pressure.

You turn on your tap and presto, water’s flowing. That’s a great convenience. But this is also a major problem when water pipes burst. That constant pressure of water is now uncontrolled. And water can go all over the place. A small crack in a pipe can spew hundreds of gallons of water a day into your home. Hundreds of gallons a day! Yikes. That’s some serious damage, hassle and heart ache. Fortunately, there are a number of smart ways to help prevent pipes from bursting during frigid weather. Here are some Hot Tips to help prevent pipe bursts.

Make sure your home is properly insulated to help prevent cold air from reaching the water pipes. Caulk around windows and doors. Seal cracks and plug holes in outside walls and the foundation. And don’t forget to insulate other areas of your home that can allow cold air in, such as the box sill. Outside, disconnect garden hoses from the spigots and drain back the water before the freezing temperatures arrive. Inside, turn off the water supply to the spigots. And then head back outside to open the spigot. Exterior frostfree faucets may provide additional protection against freezing.

Check with a qualified plumber for more information. Insulate exposed pipes or wrap with heat tape. Proper insulation and heat tape can keep colder temperatures at bay. During really frigid spells, consider allowing a slow trickle of cold water to flow through faucets connected to pipes that run through an unheated or unprotected space. It’s also a good idea during frigid spells, to open kitchen and bathroom sink cabinet doors, especially those located on outside walls. This helps keep the temperature around the pipes warmer. Here’s a few more tips. Setting your thermostat below 55 degrees Fahrenheit can lead to issues.

And if you leave your home for extended periods of time, there are several types of detection systems to consider, including. A low temperature alert system in case your home’s temperature drops too low. And another, that senses water leaks. Both types of systems often have sound alarms and or electronic alert notification capabilities. Check with hardware stores, environmental monitoring services, or heating and plumbing companies for more information. Frozen and burst pipes can be devastating. And everyone’s situation is unique So it’s a good idea to check with a qualified professional to.