Without proper preparation, your plumbing system could be damaged by cold temperatures this winter. The largest plumbing problems typically occur during this season because of stress that is placed on the pipes and equipment. Burst pipes, frozen systems, and broken tanks can result in time consuming and expensive repairs, but follow these simple tips and you can prevent plumbing damage and mishaps this winter!
As the temperature begins to drop, water inside your pipes can freeze and cause them to burst. A burst pipe can have disastrous consequences, especially if you’re out of the house when it happens. To protect un-insulated pipes from freezing, simply wrap them in foam tubes.
Another easy way to prevent your pipes from freezing is periodically allowing your water to run. Basically, run water from every valve and tap throughout your house, every couple of days to prevent them from freezing.
The chances are you won’t need to use your outside hose between November and March, so it’s best that you disconnect it during the winter months. If left outside, the water inside the hose can freeze and expand. This could cause your plumbing pipes and faucets to freeze – and you don’t want that!
Inspecting your water heater is very important during the winter months. To avoid a disaster, regularly check your water heater for signs of aging, damage, and rust. If you’re in a hard water area, sediment can build inside your tank. This sediment can cause rust to develop, and this can find its way into your drinking and bathing water.
We recommend keeping your water heater’s thermostat at 120℉, as a safe, energy-efficient temperature for your water. However, you may want to raise the temperature setting slightly to keep your water comfortably warm during the winter – be careful though, don’t go above 140℉ or you risk scalding.
During the holiday season, we tend to use fats and oils when cooking. The colder weather increases the risk of these fats congealing inside your drain, and can cause them to clog. Instead of pouring them down the drain, pour cooking fats into an empty container and put this in the trash.
So there you go, follow these six simple steps to avoid plumbing problems. Don’t worry though, should you have plumbing problems this winter, we’re here for you! Our plumbing technicians are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year! Click here to view our services.