Maybe you dealt with frozen pipes, a serious leak, or a similar plumbing problem last winter. Whatever the case may be, you will want to ensure that the same problem does not repeat itself this winter. When the temperatures get cold, frozen pipes are one of the unpleasant issues that you may have to face, and plumbers know one too many things about them. So, to ensure that your plumbing pipes continue to flow freely when the temperatures drops, here are four important tips.
Tip #1: Fix Your Plumbing Leaks
Inspect the entire home for any puddles of water, leaky faucets, and any other signs of drips or leaks. Schedule a plumbing inspection that will ensure your home is free of leaks prior to winter getting completely underway in order to prevent leaks from creating harmful icicles that could potentially contribute to frozen plumbing pipes in the home.
Tip #2: Winterize All Outdoor Fixtures
Take the time to drain all outdoor faucets and remove any hoses that may be connected to them. Leftover water in the hoses and their connecting pipes will expand when it freezes, which increases the risk of leaks. You should also shut off the main valve for your outdoor plumbing system if there is one once you have after ensured that the faucets have been thoroughly drained. Alternatively, you can install foam covers over the hose bibs and faucets.
Tip #3: Insulate the Pipes
Install insulation to any exposed pipes to help prevent the risk of burst plumbing pipes throughout the winter. You can find foam pipe insulation at most hardware stores as well as large retail stores. Foam pipe insulation is available in long tubes with slits down one slide so that it can simply slide onto the pipes. Use duct tape to ensure the foam stays in place.
Tip #4: Flush the Water Heater
Flush the hot water heater to ensure that any sediment buildup is removed from the tank, as this buildup can contribute to hard water. If there is too much sediment built up inside the plumbing pipes and it hardens during the cold weather, it can decrease the water flow and eventually result in clogged plumbing pipes as well as costly leaks. A water heater tank with sediment buildup is more at risk of rusting, which can negatively impact your household's drinking water.
To ensure that your home is functional and comfortable throughout the wintertime, contact a local plumbing contractor for assistance.