Fall is in full swing, which means freezing temperatures are right around the corner. Every winter, our plumbing experts tend to dozens of home plumbing issues and mishaps. To prevent a surprise home flooding or big repair bill, try these five tips:
Get a hot water heater inspection.
Your hot water heater will probably be working overtime this winter, so before the cold sets in, schedule an appointment with one of our hot water heater repair specialists to make sure that your water heater is in its best condition for the cold weather.
Know where the main valve is.
Take a minute to show everyone in your home where the main water valve is and how to shut it off if necessary. Just knowing this can help prevent gallons of water from flooding your home, should a pipe burst or break.
Insulate your pipes.
Look around your home (especially in the basement) and find the pipes that are openly exposed. Since these pipes are left open to cold air, they have a greater chance of bursting. By insulating them with fiberglass, pipe sleeves, or insulation tape, you’ll keep them warm and free-flowing throughout the winter.
Disconnect outdoor hoses.
Because garden hoses are made from rubber, constant freezing and thawing weakens them and could cause them to crack. Instead of keeping them outside, disconnect them from your spigots and drain them. Then, store them somewhere that doesn’t get below freezing.
Maintain your gutters.
It’s fall, which means there are leaves everywhere – including your gutters. Make sure you clean out your gutters on a regular basis because once winter hits, any gutter debris that freezes could block water drainage (and lead to lots of problems).