Preparing your home for winter is ideally done now, during the start of fall. You have plenty of time to ensure everything is done and done thoroughly. The frigid weather could wreak havoc on your pipes and plumbing fixtures without proper seasonal maintenance. Below are some of the basic steps to take that we at The Original $49.95 Plumber have prepared to help you prepare your plumbing for the upcoming and brutal New York winter.
Find & Repair Plumbing Water Leaks
The subtlest of leaks or slowest drips may not seem insignificant now, however, the issues will easily spread if the water freezes inside a pipe. The repair costs will also be significantly more as well. Contact a local plumber immediately if you find any moisture behind the toilet, under the sink, in the tub or along a nearby wall.
Pipe Insulation for Hot Water Pipes to Prevent Freezing
Extensive damage within your home can occur from pipes that are exposed to the frosty winter winds that should have been protected, otherwise they may freeze and burst. Wrap the exposed pipes with plumbing insulation coverings in order to protect them. To fit the pipes, simply cut the foam tubes in place and secure with duct tape.
Winterizing Outdoor Faucets to Protect from Freezing
Remove and drain the attached garden hoses after you shut off the water to your outside faucets. Use foam covers to insulate the faucets and hose bibs for further plumbing protection, or in the event that your home doesn’t have a dedicated shut-off valve for outdoor fixtures.
Sprinkler System Blowout
You will need to prepare the pipes for winter if you have a lawn sprinkler system, otherwise, you risk them freezing and bursting. Turn off the water flow and turn on the sprinkler valves to purge any water that remains in the plumbing to avoid this from occurring.
Check Septic Tank Sludge Level
As you do not want to experience an unpleasant backup during the winter, be sure to check the level of waste in your septic tank as it is now highly recommended. To fix the plumbing problem, digging into the frozen ground will be much costlier than having the septic system serviced now.
Hot Water Heater Flush
To have a hot water heater fail, winter may just be the worst time. To help ensure that the unit operates efficiently, flushing it out to remove gunk and mineral deposits is important. As properly flushing a water heater can be a challenge, your local plumber is best suited to perform this task.
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With these few steps, in addition to professional assistance, you can better of your plumbing system better protection to combat the cold, frigid winters. The Original $49.95 Plumber is readily available with skilled experts to help you get your plumbing system ready for winter. Our certified plumbers can help with repairs and maintenance needs using their expertise and advanced equipment and high-quality products. Call The Original $49.95 Plumber today and let us get your repairs done and maintenance complete in time for winter or any other plumbing services you may require.