Required plumbing practices before winter
Filed under: Energy Efficiency, Gutters & downspouts, Insulation, Plumbing, Water Heater, Weatherproofing, Winterization
The beginning of fall should serve as a great reminder that it is time to prepare for the coming of colder winter days that are just around the corner. The cold weather comes unexpected, catching property owners off guard and unequipped to deal with the plumbing issues related to the frigid weather. The amount of frigid pipe calls almost increased three fold across the country in recent years, to more than twenty-six thousand. These issues could easily be prevented if you are willing to deal with some chores that takes no more than couple of hours and can be done on a weekend or you could contact a local plumber to do it for you.
Homeowners in north most part of the country ought to carry preventive measures to safeguard their pipes before November; whereas, the people in the south ought to wrap up their plumbing work sometimes before December. Ignoring these measures could become expensive once you find out that your pipes are frozen or worse if they burst. Thus, it is paramount that you prepare for winterization early when the weather still permits, rather than holding back till the frigid conditions come.
Listed below are some simple plumbing measures that you should take to prepare for winter and save yourself from costly expenses and headaches:
Unplug outdoor hoses: If you fail to disconnect the water hose, they freeze in the frigid temperature which will cause the water left in the hose to expand and your pipe or faucet can burst.
Check outdoor faucets: Check out the outdoor faucet and if you notice any issues or leakage, be sure to address and resolve the problem soon.
Shut off valves: Make certain that the interior valve connected to the outside faucet is in a shut position and then disconnect the pipe to drain out water from the pipe.
Shield outdoor faucets: Visit your local plumbing store or home depot for proper covering and shielding of your faucet.
Insulate: Be sure to wrap pipes in colder parts of your home with insulating tape or use insulation kit to protect pipes in the cold areas.
Adjust the temperature: Adjust the temperature setting on your furnace so that the temperature is not less than 55 Fahrenheit to ensure your pipes do not freeze. Remember as pipes freeze, the water expands which could break your pipes. A small crack could cause a large amount of water leak that is not only going to increase your water bill but could also damage other parts of your home.
Hot water tank maintenance: The hot-water tank operates much more through out the winter. Be sure to remove all left over deposit from the tank to ensue that the hot water tank always runs efficiently.
Water Heater: Adjust your water heater’s temperature to around 120 Fahrenheit so you can get the best performance while lowering the chance of any scalding.
Clean Gutter: Clean your gutters and downspouts by removing all debris or leaves. This will guarantee good water drainage and prevents damage to your roof.
Check sump pit: Clear all junk from the pit and once all is clean go ahead and poor some water into the sump pit to exam how the pump works. If it is able to pump out the water properly then shut it off, if not, then you need to call service.
If you take the above measure on time then you and your family can enjoy a beautiful white winter with out too much hassle and celebrate Christmas and New Year at ease.