Top Tips To Save Your Plumbing During Cold Weather
Your plumbing system never gets any time off. In fact, household plumbing tends to be used even more during the colder months of the year. This is also the time of the year when plumbing professionals get more calls since fall and winter holidays put extra strain on pipes, faucets, and drains. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to save your plumbing during cold weather. We offer tips below.
Turn the Outside Water Valve Off
A pipe rupture typically costs about $15,000, according to an estimate by State Farm Insurance. This is the type of damage you can avoid by turning off the water valve for your outside faucets or spigots. The main shutoff valve is usually in the basement by an outside wall.
Wrap Uninsulated Pipes
Another common plumbing problem in winter is damage to uninsulated pipes. Look for any pipes along outside walls that aren't insulated. Wrap them up with foam or towels to reduce the risk of freezing.
Let Faucets Drip When It's Really Cold
On winter days when it's really cold, let the faucets drip slightly. What this does is prevent freezing. It's especially important to do this before you go to bed if you know it will likely get below freezing overnight.
Know Where Your Main Shutoff Valve Is Located
If you do have a sudden plumbing emergency when it's colder, you'll appreciate knowing where your home's main water valve is located. This is the one that shuts off water to your entire home in the event of a burst pipe or similar emergency.
Have Your Water Heater Checked
When the weather gets colder, people often spend more time indoors, which means more demand for hot water. Throw in the added demand from holiday visitors and it's easy to see how water heaters can become strained. Minimize the risk of surprise plumbing problems by having a plumbing pro check your water heater. Also with your water heater, we recommend:
- Having it flushed to reduce corrosion
- Keeping the temperature at 125 degrees or lower
- Checking for leaks around the tank or connecting parts
Clean Your Gutters and Outside Drains
Leaves and other debris can affect your outside drainage as the days and months get colder. Avoid exterior drain clogs and issues with pooled water and ice patches by clearing outside drains. This list includes gutters and downspouts and any storm drains on your property.
Be Careful with How You Use Your Drains
Drains on the inside of your home also need to be kept clear and clean as the weather gets colder. During the fall and winter holidays, place wastebaskets by kitchen and bathroom drains to encourage proper discarding of things not meant to be put down drains. Also, avoid pouring grease directly down your kitchen drains when cooking to prevent clogs.
Call Us Today
A plumbing professional from Harwich Port Heating and Cooling is just a call away when your plumbing needs some attention. We can also help prepare your plumbing for cold weather with a routine plumbing inspection. We've also got you covered if there are minor plumbing issues on your to-do list that need taken care of before colder weather sets in. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with a plumbing professional from our team.