Winter Preparation for Your Plumbing
|August 30, 2012||Filled under Plumbing Tips for Cold Weather|
It has been an amazing summer with lots of sunshine and warm weather! At Signature Plumbing Services, we hope you had a relaxing and entertaining summer, but we also want to help you prepare for the upcoming not-so-nice weather of a Northwest winter. We’ve created a small checklist of ways you can prepare your home’s plumbing for the cold.
▢ Detach hoses from the outdoor faucets. When water in the hose freezes it can cause the whole pipe going into the house to freeze and burst. If you use the hose during the colder months. Be sure to detach it after every use to prevent freezing overnight.
▢ Cover the outside faucets using a foam faucet cover. These are available at most hardware and home improvement stores and are inexpensive and easy to install.
▢ Check the outdoor faucets for leaks and drips. Even minor leaks and drips can lead to frozen pipes, so if a problem is detected better to call in a plumber to replace the damaged faucet before a real problem ensues.
▢ Fall is a great time to do an annual check of your water heater. Check to make sure the temperature is at about 120º F. This is plenty of heating capacity and will save money and protect you and your loved ones from scalding hot water from the faucets.
Other maintenance checks may be best left to a professional. A professional plumber can quickly and safely perform an inspection of your water heater’s pressure relief valve. During a routine inspection a plumber could also inspect the cold water supply pipe, the hot water outlet pipe, the water heater’s metal housing and along the unit’s base for rust, corrosion and signs of leaks.
Remember: catching small problems such as these is a lot less expensive than having the entire water heater replaced or repairing burst pipes!