Plumbing maintenance tips for winter
It is estimated that the average homeowner spends an average of $ 400 to $ 500 per year on plumbing costs, including hiring a plumber and purchasing the necessary parts and supplies.
Winter will soon make a triumphant comeback and wreak havoc on some aspects of your home, and especially on your plumbing. Whether it’s freezing water or a cracked hose, any small problem, if left unaddressed, will lead to significant problems in your home.
It is widely encouraged by professional that you should periodically maintain your plumbing structure: pipes, water tanks, outdoor faucets and etc. By doing so, homeowners can reduce the annual plumbing costs and prevent any cold weather-related emergencies. Preventive measures must be taken before winter arrives to receive the best results.
It doesn’t get extremely cold in Sydney but there are many places in Australia where the temperature goes down below 0C.
What steps should be taken to prepare your plumbing for winter?
You do not have to be a professional plumber to take preventive measures. Simple things such as removing leaves and dirt from the gutters, putting insulation on the exposed pipes and making sure there are no cracks in the pipes. If you want to go a bit further, you can call a professional plumber service which will take care of everything.
– RUN THE WATER REGULARLY
At least once a week, do not forget to run water from every tap in your house at regular intervals throughout the winter season. By doing this, you avoid frost, which can cause serious damage to your pipes. Water that is constantly circulating will not freeze.
– PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR KITCHEN
Winter means even more cooking in the kitchen since going out becomes less popular. However, it is important that the cook of the house is extremely careful to prevent oils and grease from being put in the sink as this can cause blockages when the cold weather freezes them.
– DISCONNECTED GARDEN HOSES
If the garden hoses are not disconnected during the winter, this can cause heavy damage. When the extreme cold comes, the ice will form and the pressure will build up in the water pipes of your house, but again if the garden hose is plugged in.
– WARM YOUR HOUSE WELL DURING THE WINTER
It is best to keep your house warm between November and March because the hot air circulation keeps the pipes thawed. At least once a week, keep the cabinet doors under the sink and near the open exterior walls. It is recommended that the temperature of a house be at least 59 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius).
– PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR WATER HEATER
A simple tip is to put your water heater in the hottest and confined places in your home. It is important to avoid getting cold air in, which will force the water heater to work harder than it already does or perhaps freezes a nearby pipe.
In the yard and garden, always empty the hoses so that they do not contain water that, when they become ice, they burst from the inside. In fact, when temperatures threaten to drop below zero, disconnect them from the external key to avoid freezing also reaching the pipe itself.
Fortunately, winters come and go, giving you time to check your insulation for the coming one and add protection to vulnerable and exposed places.
Keeping your pipes isolated from low temperatures will guarantee a calm winter without scares such as blowouts by freezing the water they contain.
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