10 Sep How To Winterize Plumbing
The Winterize Plumbing How To
Labor Day is behind us and blessedly cooler temperatures are on the way. But the weather changes in autumn can bring about changes in your home’s plumbing system. Preparing for these changes can prevent damage to the pipes, protect your home from leaks, and save you thousands of dollars in the long run. The following tips will help you get ready for the coming cold weather.
Pipes that freeze overnight can burst, causing hundreds or even thousands of dollars in damage to your home and property. While there are many tricks that homeowners use to prevent their pipes from freezing (like leaving the tap running overnight), installation of pipe insulation is one of the best methods that you can use to help keep your pipes warm. One form of insulation is self-adhesive pipe insulation. It’s easy to cut down to the right size and attach to pipes. Simply measure the length of each pipe, use a utility knife to slice the insulation to the right length, then attach. Homeowners who don’t want to shell out the money for the insulation can also wrap their pipes in newspaper and twist ties.
Just remember that some hidden pipes in your home may still be vulnerable to freezing weather. Pipes located around the outside perimeter of the home are especially vulnerable. To keep these pipes from freezing, you may still need to leave these faucets running on very cold nights, and keep your home’s heating system set to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Disconnect Your Hose
Disconnect all garden hoses from your home’s exterior and drain the water if possible. Leave the hose sitting in a garage or somewhere else sheltered. Have a plumber fix any leaking faucets that were connected to hoses to prevent icicles from forming later in the season.
Inspect Your Water Heater
Your home’s water heater may need to work extra hard this winter to keep producing the expected amount of hot water for your home. Before the cold weather begins, inspect your hot water heater for signs of deterioration. Rust, scale, puddles of water and other warning signs should be addressed immediately. While you’re inspecting the unit, check the temperature pressure relief valve to prevent the unit from exploding, and drain the existing sediment in the bottom of the tank. This will help ensure that your water heater is prepared to last through the coming winter. If you ever feel unsure about your plumbing, call the professionals at Benjamin Franklin and we will come make a complete inspection.
Service Your Sump Pump
Although not necessary in all houses, a sump pump prevents a home’s basement from flooding when it rains. If you do have one, check your sump pump to ensure that the discharge line is clear and free of debris. If the sump pump has been having technical problems, contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing to check it out.
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Tyler serves the East Texas cities of Kilgore, Longview, Tyler, and Whitehouse with a team of certified plumbers. In addition to emergency plumbing repair, some of the plumbing services provided by the company include faucet repair, drain services, toilet repair, plumbing fixture installations, tub and shower installations, kitchen sink repair, faucet installation, water heater repair/replacement, and garbage disposal replacement. Call us today at (903) 730-6611 to schedule an appointment!