Winter plumbing tips. While preparing for the winter season, it is important to ensure that your house’s plumbing is properly prepared as well. According to Edwin Stipe Inc, below are some of the top issues clients should be on the lookout for as winter approaches.
TOP ISSUES FOR WINTER PLUMBING
- Freezing Pipes: If you have exposed plumbing in areas that are likely to get cold, such as your basement or crawl space, it’s important to take steps to prevent frozen pipes. This can be done by insulating your pipes and using a draft stopper on doors leading outside.
- Clogged Drains: Clogged drains are a common issue during the winter months, as ice and snow can build up in your gutters and drainpipes, leading to slow or blocked water flow. To prevent clogs from occurring, make sure you clean your gutters regularly and use a de-icing agent on any frozen pipes or drains.
- Leaks and Bursts: Another common winter plumbing problem is leaks and bursts, which can occur if your pipes get too cold or freeze over. To prevent this from happening, take steps like wrapping your pipes in insulation and leaving your faucets dripping a little bit to keep the water moving.
WINTER PLUMBING TIPS
Tips to prepare your plumbing for winter
- Disconnect hoses
- Let faucets drip
- Inspect pipes for leaks
- Add pipe insulation
WINTER PLUMBING PROACTIVITY
Whether clients are dealing with minor issues like drips and clogs, or major problems like leaks and bursts, it is important to take proactive steps to winterize plumbing. By taking these simple steps, you can help keep your home safe and protected all winter long. Check all pipes and fixtures for leaks or drips and fix any problems found. In addition, wrap exposed pipes with insulation to help keep them warm and prevent freezing. Finally, inspect the water heater and make sure it’s properly winterized so you can stay comfortable all season long.
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