frozen pipe out in the cold

Preparing Your Plumbing For Cold Weather

It’s still hot here in Texas, but you have to admit, it is a little cooler. And while we aren’t exactly in the Great White North, we all know that it gets cold, even in Texas. At least a few times every winter, the temperature will get down below freezing. If you’re not prepared, that could cause some substantial and very expensive damage. It may seem like a long way off, but now’s the time to start preparing – before it’s too late!

Tip 1: Insulate Your Pipes

Traditionally, during the cold temperatures, leaving your faucet to drip was thought to be the best way to keep your pipes safe. This eventually was to prevent the pipes from freezing or bursting. There are other ways and solutions to prevent this from happening. The best one is to insulate your pipes. You can purchase pipe insulation at a hardware store, and it’s pretty easy to do it yourself. Just about any pipe that you can access should be insulated. The ones that are the most exposed are the ones that are more likely to freeze. And a frozen pipe could cost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars to your home.

Tip 2: Have Your Water Heater Inspected

Your water heater is a critical part of keeping you warm during the winter. Getting your water heater inspected during the fall is a great way to ensure you don’t run into any unexpected issues. If there are any signs of aging, it may be time for repairs, or even a replacement. If you see any puddling on or near your hot water heater, or even rust, you should contact our professionals at City Plumbing. They’ll be able to check the relief valve (which prevents the entire unit from exploding!) and drain sediment from the bottom of the tank, if necessary.

Tip 3: Call City Plumbing

Call the professionals at City Plumbing. We can take care of your fall check-up in no time. City Plumbing is here to help with all your plumbing needs. Give us a call, and we’ll come running! 432-366-2401

Changing an air filter in an air conditioner

Summer Isn’t Over, But When It Is, You’ll Be Ready!

We’re finally in September! And when it comes to the weather that means one thing: Well, in Texas it means we have at least a couple more months of heat! Just a few weeks ago, we hit 113! The forecast high for the foreseeable future is in the 90’s just about every single day. So if summer is still here, that means it’s still hot. If you need A/C service, City Plumbing is here to serve you!

There are a few ways you can help make sure your A/C stays running strong, even when the weather finally starts to cool down:

  1. Change your air filter! According to the EPA, you should change the filter at least once every three months! This is especially true when you’re using your A/C (or heat) a lot. So the end of summer is the perfect time for a replacement.
  2. Clean up your air conditioning unit! We’re talking about on the outside! If you’ve got dust, branches, leaves, weeds, even trash compiling on or near your exterior air conditioning unit, get rid of it! A few minutes can make a big difference. It can get in the way and cause reduced airflow!
  3. Clean the coils: You can try doing this yourself, but it’s highly recommended you hire a professional if you want the job done right. It’s just one of the services that City Plumbing offers. 
  4. Wrap up summer, get ready for winter: As much as we need the cool in the summer, we need heat in the winter! Making sure your HVAC unit is properly maintained also means it’s ready to heat your home when the time comes.
  5. Give us a call, and we’ll come running! Call City Plumbing today at 432-366-2401, and make an appointment for seasonal maintenance on your HVAC unit. It’ll keep you comfortable and save you money!