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Fact or Fiction: 4 winter home maintenance myths busted by South West

The local experts at South West offer advice about how to avoid an emergency in your home during the holiday season.

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The holidays are right around the corner. To ensure you get through the season stress-free, we’re quizzing you on the home maintenance things you should and shouldn’t do. Read: Avoid a home emergency this holiday season.

Can you guess the myths vs. the truths?

🚰 Fact or fiction: It’s okay to pour grease and cooking oil down the drain.

This is fiction. When you pour grease down the drain, it will solidify and clog the drains.

🚰 Fact or fiction: Adding extra insulation to exposed water pipes is okay.

This is fact. Additional insulation will prevent freezing and breaking.

🚰 Fact or fiction: It’s okay to leave hoses attached to outdoor faucets.

This is fiction. Leaving hoses attached could cause pipes to burst. To ensure your pipes don’t freeze, disconnect the hose to your outdoor hose faucet (even if it’s frost free).

🚰 Fact or fiction: Having more people use your system can compromise sewer lines.

This is fact. To avoid sewage issues, South West recommends having a drain team put a camera in the drains to see if there is blockage caused by any roots, residue, etc. so they can remove it before guests arrive.

If you happen to run into an emergency this winter in the middle of the holiday rush, call or text South West at (425) 336-1298. Their technicians are available 24/7 to help facilitate emergency appointments.*

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