Tips to Avoid Costly Winter Plumbing Leaks
Plumbing problems are always an inconvenience and tend to occur at the worst times, particularly during seasonal shifts, festivities or plummeting winter temperatures, all of which can put a vast amount of stress on your pipes, pushing your plumbing past the brink. If your home is not prepared for the coming winter season, you could end up paying the price for it.
Here are some tips to help save you cash and spare you the trouble of having to deal with plumbing issues during as the weather cools down:
1.Protect your pipes from freezing: When the temperature drops, water can freeze within your pipes, causing them to burst. If you are away or simply unaware of the burst pipe, the results of this can be devastating, leading to massive floods and damage to your furniture, rugs, and the home’s structure. To reduce the chances of frozen pipes. Wrap your un-insulated pipes in a blanket of foam, which can be purchased at any hardware store. To secure it, use duct tape. In some cases, the foam might have self-adhesive edges.
2.Fix plumbing leaks: Do not put off getting home plumbing leaks fixed. Check the faucets in your kitchen, bathrooms, and utility rooms for any drips or puddles. If any of your faucets are leaking, contact a plumber immediately to get your pipes back in shape.
3.Drain your water heater: Does your area have hard water? If so, sediment can build up in your tank, which causes rust to develop. The rust can then find its way into your drinking, cooking, and bathing water. If you have a water heater that is already rusted or is too old, purchase a new one before the weather gets cold.
4.Disconnect your garden house: If you leave your outdoor hose connected during the winter season, the water left inside might freeze and expand, affecting your faucets and other connecting pipes. The wisest thing to do is disconnect, wrap up, and put away your garden hose until the warm weather returns. The last thing you want to do is face hefty repair bills for something so avoidable.
5.Close and drain shut-off valves that lead outdoors: Do you have interior shut off valves that lead to outdoor faucets? Close them and drain the water out from outside lines. If any water remains in the lines, it could freeze and cause some major damage that will end up costing you.
6.Clean your home’s sump pump pit: Before the winter weather sets in, take the time to inspect and clean your sump pump and its pit. The pump can freeze when exposed to extremely cold weather, causing it to stop working. If your sump pump malfunctions, this can cause some serious trouble. Water can enter your basement and cause flooding, particularly when the winter rains start pouring. To prevent flood damage and serious clean-up bills, inspect your pump and pit now.
The winter time is for family and holiday gatherings. Make sure your season is full of cheer instead of exploding pipes and leaks, and start preparing and repairing your plumbing now. You will thank yourself later.
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