The winter weather and temperatures can be hard on you and your home, and your plumbing is no exception. Most plumbing issues occur during the winter, but they are avoidable in most cases if you follow these tips.
One of the most common plumbing issues caused by cold winter temperatures is burst pipes, which is why this tip is extremely important. If your pipes freeze, they can burst and flood your home causing serious damage, especially if you are away. This is why it’s important to keep the heat on in your home, but in the event of a failure, you’ll want your pipes to be insulated. You can purchase foam insulation tubes at most hardware stores, and all you have to do is cut them to length, place them around the pipes, and tape them in place.
Fix Leaks Now
We added this to our list of winter plumbing tips because we know how easy it is to put off home repairs. When it comes to plumbing leaks, even if they seem small, you should repair them before the cold weather arrives if you want to avoid a potential catastrophe. Whether it’s a leaky faucet, drain, or pipe, call a plumber to find the cause of the problem. Small leaks can become a big problem if they freeze over the winter, turning into larger leaks that could damage your home.
Pack Up the Hose
Before the first frost arrives, you should drain any garden hoses outside of your home, disconnect them, and pack them away until next summer. If you forget to follow this plumbing tip, the water inside could freeze over the winter and expand, which will then damage the faucet and connected plumbing. This can lead to flooding both outside and inside your home.
Close and Drain Shut-Off Valves
This is a plumbing tip that most homeowners don’t know about, but it could save you from a big headache this winter. If you have any interior shut-off valves that lead to outdoor faucets, make sure you close the valves and drain all the water from the outside lines. Failing to drain these lines could cause the remaining water to crack your pipes if and when they freeze over the winter.
Clean Your Sump Pump
Your sump pump is your home’s last line of defense against flood damage, so follow this winter plumbing tip and keep your home safe from flooding this season. Inspect and clean your sump pump and the pit it sits in. If your sump pump is exposed to extreme cold and the pit is not draining properly, it could cause your pump to freeze and stop working.
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