Home Winterizing Tips

Home Winterizing Tips

Every winter we receive hundreds of emails about broken or frozen pipes. To help you prevent some of these problems within your own plumbing we have provided a few home winterizing tips to assist you in winterizing your home. Although no plumber can give you a clear guarantee against frozen or broken pipes, it is still useful and even important that you take some preventive winterizing steps.

If you are not comfortable with DIY plumbing repairs, then you may prefer to contact a registered master plumber to do the work for you instead.

The main idea behind home winterization is the removal of most of the water which can freeze from within the pipelines and other areas of your plumbing.

Toilet Wont Flush

Toilet doesn't Flush

A very common bathroom plumbing problem is having a toilet that won’t flush properly or won’t flush at all. If the toilet doesn't flush at all, now matter how hard you pull the handle, then there could be a couple of things wrong with it, depending on the type and brand of toilet you have.

Concentric-float fill valve

The most common flushing mechanism used by professional plumbers nowadays is the more modern flush valve assembly that is all plastic with only a few moving parts and only one little circular rubber part controlling the flow of water to the tank, called a “Tank fill valve”. The newer concentric-float fill valve consists of a tower which is encircled by a plastic float assembly. Operation is otherwise the same as a side-float fill valve, even though the float position is somewhat different.

How to Fix a leaky Toilet by replacing the Float Valve

Fix leaky Toilet

The toilet float valve allows water to enter the tank of your toilet, when the water level rises so will the hollow float / ball, at a certain point the toilet float will reach its highest level causing it to shut off the valve to stop the water supply to the toilet cistern. When a float valve or ballcock wears out it will not close properly anymore and water the water level in your tank will keep on rising and eventually seep down into the toilet bowl.

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