Essential Winter Plumbing Tips
The long winter season brings with it an entire host of problems. For one, it’s freezing and your skin is dry more often than not, it can be a bummer to go outside due to the frigid temperatures, and if your plumbing system could talk we bet it’d tell you the exact same thing. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to mitigate the impact of winter on your plumbing system. After all, no one wants to deal with frozen pipes, flooding, or leaks during the cold months. Take a look at our tips below!
One thing that can be a huge help in preventing winter plumbing problems is applying padded foam sleeves to guard your pipes against the cold. Depending on your home, insulating your pipes can mean the difference between dealing with a burst catastrophe. If your basement pipes often give you trouble when it’s freezing out, pad your pipes and keep an eye on them every so often to ensure no frost is accumulating.
Drain Your Water Heater
If you live in an area with hard water, sediment can build up on the bottom and along the sides of your tank. This leads to rust and that rust then finds its way into your drinking, shower, and cooking water. You’re certainly going to want to avoid this. So, drain your heater to rid your tank of the built-up sediment inside. Also, you may want to consider replacing your water heater if it’s old and rust appears to be forming.
Prevent Clogged Drains
To keep things copacetic in the kitchen, remember to not pour any fats or cooking oils from winter meals down the drain. These things can mix and solidify which then leads to clogged drains. Not only can clogged drains lead to more problems, but those problems are also costly. Save yourself time and money and remember to treat your kitchen sink with respect.
We still have a decent amount of winter ahead of us, so it’s not too late to implement our suggestions! If the worst happens and you find yourself dealing with a serious plumbing issue, please contact us. You can reach our team at (603) 434-6353 or by filling out our online contact form.