This winter, keep your plumbing humming along and prevent water damage and pipe problems with these simple tips.
Insulate Your Pipes
Keep your pipes cozy! The most common winter-related plumbing problem is frozen pipes, which can lead to burst pipes and a ton of damages. Make sure that you insulate any exposed pipes around your home to prevent freezing. You can buy insulating tape, foam, and other products for winterizing pipes at your local hardware store.
Annual Hot Water Tank Service
It’s important to get your hot water tank serviced by a professional every year before the coldest days of winter have your hot water tank working overtime. A technician will perform an inspection, flush out your hot water tank to get rid of any excess mineral buildup, and assess whether you need any repairs done to keep things running smoothly.
Inspect Your Sump Pump
Winter is prime time for home flooding, and the best way to avoid this is to make sure that your sump pump is in tip-top shape before it’s too late. Sump pumps are usually located in the basement or lowest part of the house and work to divert excess water away from your home, preventing flooding and water damage.
Turn Water off if You Go Away
If you won’t be at home for more than a day or two over the winter, it’s a good idea to turn off the water to your house. This prevents major water damage if you were to have a leak or burst pipe while you are away, and, believe us, that’s not what you want to come home to!
Need help with plumbing repairs, maintenance, or upgrades this winter? Get in touch with Lone Star today!