With cold weather on the horizon, ensuring your plumbing system is in full working order is crucial for avoiding any plumbing catastrophes. Cold weather can cause your pipes to contract and crack if not properly evaluated before temperatures begin to drop, and catching any minor issues before the seasons change can save you time and money in the long run. The most important steps you can take to help your pipes prepare for fall include:
- Address any leaks. A minor dripping pipe may seem like a non-issue, but even the smallest leak can mean your pipes need to be replaced.
- Service your water heater. Your water heater is a crucial part of staying warm during the colder months. Before the weather gets colder, make sure you keep up with regular water heater maintenance and general inspections.
- Ensure your pipes are insulated. Insulating your pipes is the best way to prevent any burst pipes due to lower temperatures, saving you time and money from costly repairs.
- Reevaluate and seal outside water fixtures. From garden hoses to sprinkler systems, making sure your outdoor water systems are winter ready is a crucial step for preventing any pipes from freezing.
- Secure your water main. Planning for all plumbing fiascos, including the possibility of having your pipes burst, starts with knowing your home plumbing system. Locating your water main, as well as making sure it is properly insulated, can help minimize the damage caused by a burst pipe.
Keeping Your Pipes Safe in the Cold
Winter weather can wreak havoc on your plumbing system, so preparing your home for cold weather is the best defense against the elements. Accidents happen, and plumbing issues can occur despite careful planning. At ClearWater Plumbers, our team of expert technicians can help you ensure your plumbing system is ready for the season change, keeping your plumbing system in working order for longer. For more information on our services, visit our website and contact us for a consultation.