As we head into fall and winter it is important to take necessary precautions to protect your plumbing from the cold to avoid leaks and ruptures. Aside from creating new problems, cold temperatures have a way of elevating existing plumbing problems. To prevent the possibility of plumbing failures when the cold weather hits contact a plumber to take these steps to protect your plumbing system.
Fix Known Leaks
A leaky pipe or faucet is more likely to burst in winter because the water will continuously try to move forward, even if ice is blocking it, resulting in the pipe filling with more water, and then more ice. As more and more water tries to enter the pipe it will cause a bigger ice block up, which could split the pipe.
Cover Outdoor Faucets
To prevent hose connections from freezing and bursting be sure to disconnect the garden hose and store it inside during the colder months. Then use styrofoam or another appropriate material to cover the faucet connection for the winter.
Wrap Exposed Pipes
Using heat tape or another pipe insulation material wrap pipes that are exposed to the elements to give them the best protection possible from dipping temperatures.
Service the Water Heater
To ensure your water heater is operating at optimal performance during the cold months be sure to have a plumber complete an inspection. Getting caught in a cold shower on a chilly January morning isn't the best way to start the day.
If you plan on being away from your home for an extended period of time this winter, you should have your main water supply shut off and consider having your pipes drained. This will ensure there is no standing water in the system that could freeze and cause problems while you're away.
Make sure everyone in the home knows where the water shut-off valve is in the house. That way if there is a burst pipe or other plumbing problem anyone who is home can shut off the water to prevent further damage.
If you need help preparing your plumbing system for winter don't hesitate to contact a plumber. We may not get the coldest temperatures in Kingwood, but come January they are likely to dip below freezing. For plumbing maintenance in Kingwood or the surrounding area call GAP Plumbing at (281) 645-5406. Our team will be happy to help with any plumbing needs your home has.