Sitting on a couch with a blanket on and a mug of hot chocolate in hand, we all love the coziness of the winters!
Winter is around the corner so you may have already gotten your warm clothes out of storage or even had your heating system inspected…But did you prepare your home’s plumbing system?
Well, with winters, you can expect and prepare for the colder weather but what you do not typically prepare for is preventative maintenance on your home’s plumbing system. Luckily in Las Vegas, we do not have to stress about freezing pipes but you could still have to deal with a plumbing disaster in your home if you fail to prepare your plumbing for winter!
Winters are tough for both residential and commercial plumbing systems. Pipes tend to leak and even burst when it’s colder outside. With winter approaching, it is best that you prepare your home’s plumbing system now and save yourself the trouble of dealing with a major plumbing issue!
Preventing Pipes from Freezing
Frozen pipes are one of the most common plumbing issues in the winters. Therefore, when you start preparing your plumbing system for the winters, this is first thing you need to address. It exposes the pipes to a possibility of rupture. A ruptured pipe can turn into a very expensive plumbing issue to resolve.
To prevent frozen pipes, you must turn off all outside water valves and any other pipes in un-insulated areas around the house. If turning off the water valves is not an option, you can wrap the pipes with foam. Another strategy that many people adopt is to allow faucets to drip slowly, which prevents obstructions in water flow.
Repairing or Replacing Water Heaters
The water heater is the most important plumbing appliance at home during the winter season. Running out of hot water in winter is everyone’s worst nightmare. Therefore, before winter hits your city, it is smart to get your water heater inspected for any damage or malfunctioning.
You can hire a professional plumbing service to inspect your water heater and ask them if there is a need to replace your water heater.
Winterize the Lawn
The drainage is at the highest risk of damage in the winter. If you wish to prevent any he plumbing troubles when the cold hits, you must consider winterizing your lawn. You can start by cleaning the debris around the lawn which ensures that the downspouts and gutters in your lawn stay clear during the winter.
Check for Leaks
Another important thing to do when preparing your plumbing system for winter is to check for leaks, especially in your lawn and backyard. The faucet can freeze and break due to the accumulation of snow and build-up of ice.
Preparing your home’s plumbing system for winter is crucial. Not doing so can give rise to major plumbing expenses that can ruin your winter mood!