.During the winter months, there are many repairs and improvements that may need to be done. Preparing your plumbing for another cold winter can help prevent disasters and expensive repairs. Here are some improvements that will help you make it through another winter without any plumbing problems and the costly repairs that come with them:
1. Winterizing Irrigation and Exterior Plumbing Installations
Before winter starts, there is a lot of maintenance work to do around the home. These maintenance tasks include winterizing things like air conditioners and sprinkler systems. In addition to winterizing your sprinkler system, there are other plumbing pipes that may need to be winterized. Do you have any exterior faucets? If possible, turn the water off to exterior faucets while they are not in use. If you do not have a shutoff for the exterior pipes, let faucets drip when the weather is below freezing to prevent problems with burst pipes and the subsequent costly water damage repairs.
2. Improving Insulation and Insulating Pipes to Protect Them Against the Cold
Insulation is another improvement that you may want to consider to protect plumbing from the freezing weather outside. It is important to make sure that all exterior pipes and hot water lines are protected with insulated pipe coverings. In addition, you will want to make sure that all exterior walls where pipes are installed have enough insulation to protect mechanical systems from the freezing temperatures outside. Good insulation for the plumbing lines in your home will help prevent problems with burst pipes during the winter months. It will also help reduce energy loss, which can lower your utility bills.
3. Keeping Sewers Clean and Clear of Blockage to Prevent Winter Blockage Problems
The sewer lines inside and outside of your home are another area of plumbing that will need maintenance before winter arrives. If you have a crawlspace or foundation where drain lines are exposed to cold temperatures, make sure these pipes are insulated to prevent freezing and messes during the winter months. In addition, you will also want to make sure that your sewer lines are clean and clear of any blockage that can cause damage to plumbing drains during the winter months.
These are some of the improvements that will help you prevent problems with plumbing over the winter months. If you need help with maintenance and repairs for your plumbing system, contact a professional sewer service.