Preparing Your Plumbing for Winter
As Canadians know, residential plumbing and winter don’t always go hand-in-hand, but that doesn’t mean that you have to deal with the effects that winter can have on plumbing. There are some preventative measures you can take to ensure your plumbing doesn’t fall victim to the winter weather conditions. By keeping your plumbing in check, you save yourself money and a lot of headache.
Turn Off Outdoor Faucets
This is one of the first things you want to do. You don’t want water going to an outdoor faucet for to freeze and then crack the faucet or the line. When the water is not turned off and the frozen pipe becomes damaged, you could have a mess on your hands when it thaws out.
If you have any water hoses outside, you can roll these up and put them away until spring. You don’t want to leave them outside since the cold weather and ice can take its toll on hoses, as well.
Have a Plumber do an Inspection
One of the best ways to make sure all pipes are okay is to have a plumber come and perform an inspection. They can inspect the pipes and identify any issues. If they find something, you can have them immediately repair the problem. If no issues are identified but you need heat tapes or another method of protection against cold weather, the plumber can take care of that at the same time.
Protect Exposed Pipes
While a heat tape can be very beneficial, so can pipe insulation. If pipes are running through an area where heat from the home doesn’t reach them very well, pipe insulation can be exactly what you need. If you have difficulty reaching those pipes on your own, a plumber will be able to take care of it for you.
Take steps to ensure your residential plumbing is protected from the elements this winter and you could save yourself a great deal of time, hassle and money. Call us to book an inspection!