The arrival of winter often brings with it a number of plumbing problems. These can wreak havoc on your plumbing system. Failure to take preventive measures could lead to serious damage and result in expensive repairs.
Here are some ways to prevent major plumbing problems this winter.
Check the sump pump
Sump pumps are a key part of your plumbing and drainage maintenance system. They work hard to keep water out of your basement and keep it dry. Make sure that your sump pump is working properly. You don’t want to deal with water damage while planning out your holiday parties.
Make sure the water heater works properly
Your water heater is used all year round, but it works especially hard during the winter. Make sure that you water heater is in top condition so as to ensure that your family has access to hot water during the drafty months of winter. Call a plumbing professional and have your water heater serviced before the temperature drops below freezing.
Insulate your pipes
Pipes can freeze when temperature drops below zero. This may result in blockage or burst pipes. To minimize the chances of a burst or frozen pipes, consider applying insulation sleeves to the pipes near the exterior of your home. Also, don’t forget to check pipes for cracks as these can be indicative of freezing.
Clean out drains and gutters
Snow, debris and leaves can block up the drains and gutters of your home. Ice will form if your drain and gutters are collecting too much debris, eventually causing it to break. Take some time to clear out leaves and other debris.
Pipes that get used on a regular basis are not as likely to freeze up. But your pipes may be in danger of freezing if you’re going on vacation during the winter months. If you’ll be gone for more than a week, consider calling a plumber to drain your pipes.