During the wintertime, pipes are being placed under too much stress. Here are some ways to protect your plumbing this winter:
Prevent pipes from freezing. Water can easily freeze even inside your house and freezing pipes are a major concern. Your pipes may be frozen you get reduced or no flow out of the water from faucet or shower. Freezing pipes will not always break or burst, so melting it out slowly helps prevent water pipes in the home from freezing.
To prevent pipes from freezing, get foam tubes and wrap it to the un-insulated pipes. Cut and place a good length of the tube around the pipe. Use duct tape to secure the foam.
Repair leaks. Check for leaks and have them repaired. Inspect the kitchen and bathroom plumbing. Check the faucets for drips. Do not disregard these leaks and call for plumbing service right away.
Check the water heater. Age may affect the operation of the water heater. You will have to consider replacing a rusted water heater. Draining your water heater can prevent rust buildup, especially if you live in an area where hard water is located.
Avoid a frozen sump pump. Extreme cold temperature can freeze the sump pump discharge lines and cause it to stop working. Once frozen, they can be clogged or disabled for months and this can cause flooding, especially during winter rains. Check the sump pump and pit have it cleaned to prevent it from freezing shut.
Make sure your pipes are all prepared for wintertime. You can call your local plumber can help you ready your pipes for this cold season.