Winter Plumbing Tips
Winter means more effort to take care of your plumbing system since it’s one of those seasons that stresses your pipes.
Prevent freezing pipes by following these tips.
- Protect pipes from freezing by insulating them with foam padding sleeves or insulating tape. Make sure to cover the entire length of the pipe.
- Know where to locate your home’s main water valve in case you need to turn it off immediately. It is usually located on an exterior wall in the basement. Make sure it is in good working order by opening and closing it once a year.
- Inspect faucets in the kitchen, bathroom, and fix pipes, showerheads for leaks. Fix them now or contact your trusted plumber before it’s too cold to do it.
- Drain a gallon from your water heater and replace the water to flush out built-up sediment that causes rust and leaks or cracks. Make sure the heater runs optimally. Set the temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent scalding. Let it be serviced by a professional plumber.
- Be careful not to dispose of cooking oils, fats, leftovers, and significant food waste down the drain to prevent clogs. Throw those messes in the trash or compost pile.
- Clean up your yard by removing debris, leaves, and branches to ensure proper drainage in rain gutters and downspouts.
- Drain outside hose, disconnect, wrap up and pack it away to prevent water from freezing inside.
- Clean your sump pump and inspect if it’s working properly.
Winter should also mean enjoying the snow and the cold weather with warm family get-togethers, not cracked or exploded pipes and leaky plumbing system.
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