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How to Prepare Your Plumbing for Frozen Temperatures

How to Prepare Your Plumbing for Frozen TemperaturesLast winter Portland saw record low temperatures. While the thermostat seldom dips below freezing here, whenever it’s predicted it’s a good idea to survey your home and property and prepare for the worst. Besides wrapping or covering vulnerable plants, you also want to protect your pipes from the predicted frozen temperature drop.

Protecting Your Pipes

When water in your pipes freezes, it will expand and can burst your pipes and cause flooding. Here’s how to protect pipes.


If you don’t regularly disconnect your outdoor hoses and wrap your faucets when freezing temperatures are predicted, you should. Drain faucets and wrap them with a commercially manufactured faucet cover, or use old towels. It’s best to turn the faucet off at the inside valve if you can, and leave the faucet open to drain. Leaving a trickle of water running slightly will also help.

Water sprinkler lines and swimming pool supply lines are also vulnerable and should be protected. Never use antifreeze, which is attractive to pets and some wild animals and can kill them.


If you have pipes running through the basement, attic or the crawl space, increase the insulation in those areas to prevent freezing. This will also help lower your utility bill.

Inspect your home for any areas where pipes located on an exterior wall might freeze, such as in a kitchen or bathroom. Even though you might think you’ll always keep the temperatures high enough to avoid freezing, you could have a furnace breakdown in the midst of a cold spell. If this happens when you’re away, you could return to a flooded home. Pipes in cabinets may be particularly at risk.

Wrap pipes in a pipe sleeve or use heat tape or a heated cable. The latter methods rely on electricity so won’t help if your power goes out. You can also wrap pipes in 1/4-inch-thick newspaper or insulation. Also, leave the cabinet door open during cold spells so the heat gets inside the cabinets.

To learn more about protecting pipes when a frozen temperature prediction is issued, contact Roth Heating and Cooling.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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Conserve Water With These Plumbing Fixtures in Your Home

Conserve Water With These Plumbing Fixtures in Your HomeWhen you take steps to conserve water, you’re not only lowering your utility bills, you’re helping save an irreplaceable and vital resource. One effective way to reduce your household consumption is by installing water-conserving plumbing fixtures. Here are some different types of fixtures to consider:

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Water Filtration Systems: Here’s What You Should Know

Water Filtration Systems: Here's What You Should KnowPoor water quality can cause myriad problems for a homeowner, such as mineral scale accumulations, sediment buildup, exposure to a variety of biological contaminants, or an unpleasant taste and odor from added chemicals like chlorine and ammonia. Fortunately, there are whole-home water filtration systems available to address these issues and improve your water quality.

Water Filtration Systems Offer Many Benefits

The first benefit you’ll experience when you have a filtration system installed is a boost in water quality throughout your home. A whole-home unit is installed where the supply enters the structure, so water gets routed through it before it’s piped to all the different fixtures and appliances. There are three main methods used to improve water quality: filtering, chemical processing and ultraviolet (UV) irradiation. Before you choose a system, have your water tested to identify the exact problem that needs correction, then get the input of a knowledgeable, licensed plumber about whether the ideal solution is:

  • A reverse osmosis system to trap sediment.
  • An ion exchange unit to soften hard water.
  • A UV unit to kill bacteria, viruses and other biological contaminants.
  • An oxidizing or activated-carbon filtering unit to correct bad taste and odor.
  • A multi-stage unit that offers a combination of treatment methods.

With the right whole-home system in place, you can enjoy:

  • Good tasting water that doesn’t pose a health risk. When chlorine and chemicals are removed, or contaminants like bacteria and viruses are destroyed, your water will smell and taste better and be safer for your family to drink.
  • Longer plumbing system and appliance life. Softening the water to prevent mineral buildups can extend the lifespan of water-using appliances like your clothes washer, dishwasher and water heater, and help you avoid clogged plumbing pipes and reduced water pressure.
  • Fewer worries about city supply problems. You’ll have a flow of clean, safe water in your home and peace of mind if the Water Bureau’s supply gets contaminated or a main breaks.

For expert advice about whether you can benefit from having a water filtration system installed in your Portland-area home, contact us today at Roth Heating & Cooling.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Are Your Noisy Plumbing Pipes Hammering Away? Get Expert Help

Are Your Noisy Plumbing Pipes Hammering Away? Get Expert HelpTypically, the water pipes in your plumbing system should operate very quietly. However, if you’re noticing excessively noisy plumbing pipes within your home, the issue you might be facing is known as water hammer. Continue reading