Prepare Your Home for Winter to Avoid Leaky Pipes

Frozen Water Pipe

We often hear people say that plumbing problems occur at really inconvenient times – like over the holidays and during winter break when all you want to do is enjoy time with your loved ones. That is somewhat true but that is because it is during these seasons that your pipes are more strained too. So the combination of winter temperature drop and the busy festivities could really push your plumbing all the way to the brink.

That, however, does not mean that you should just accept this fact and suffer from leaks every winter. There are of course some ways that you can avoid them. Here are some tips for you:

  1. Get those plumbing leaks fixed at once!

There is no better time to have those leaks fixed than the present. As expert plumbers would often say, “That should have been fixed yesterday.” The more you put off the plumbing work, the worse the damage will be. Inspect all your faucets at home and look for any signs of leaks like drips and puddles. If there is a leaky faucet, call your Hayes Plumbing trusted plumber at once to have your pipes back in its best shape.

 

  1. Keep your pipes from freezing.

When the temperature drops during winter, water easily freezes inside the pipes which could cause a burst. Imagine if it happens and you are not home or you are unaware that it happened. It could be disastrous! It could lead to home floods, as well as damages to your prized home and furniture. To lessen the possibility of your pipes freezing, wrap all of your uninsulated pipes in foam sheet. You can find foam tubes at most hardware stores

 

  1. Have your water heater drained.

This is especially important if you live in an area with hard water. Sediment can easily buildup and cause rusting. Unfortunately, the rust can also end up in your bathing or even your drinking water. If your water heater is a bit too old or already rusty, perhaps it is time for you to consider replacing it with a new unit.

 

  1. Clean your sump pump pit.

Before winter really hits hard, have your sump pump and its pit thoroughly inspected and cleaned. Your pump can quickly freeze when it gets extremely cold and that may even cause it to stop working or malfunction. This could lead to flooding – more so when there are winter rains.

This season should be all about cheer, and time with your loved ones. Make sure it is not ruined by any leaks and exploded pipes by preparing your plumbing in advance. If you need professional plumbers to help you out, just give your trusted expert a call at Hayes Plumbing! We’ll wait for your call!

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