Prepping for Winter
Temperature drops can be hard on your plumbing systems. To get ready:
1. Start Outside
Take advantage of the weather and get your chores done at the same time. Win-win! Remove all of your exterior hoses. If water freezes in there, they can expand and even damage pipes inside your home. Inspect all outdoor faucets or spigots for leaks and get those taken care of before winter sets in.
2. Clean Your Gutters
We get more precipitation during the fall and winter seasons, so be ready. Clean your gutters, and make sure they are clear of leaves, twigs, and debris. This ensures that your gutters can do their job properly -- which is to keep water from flowing around your foundation. If this happens on a regular basis, it can seep into crawl spaces. Overloaded gutters can also cause damage to your roof. To avoid expensive problems, commit an hour or two to gutter duty.
3. Make Sure Your Pipes Are Insulated
Do pipes in your crawl spaces, garage, and/or basement have sufficient insulation? If not, they are vulnerable to freezing. This can lead to burst pipes and expensive repair bills. Pipe insulation is cheap enough at your local home improvement or hardware store and is easy to install. You can also use heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables to keep your pipes warm -- which is a good idea if you live in an area more prone to cold snaps.
4. Prepare Your Water Heater
You don’t want your water heater quitting in the winter. During this time of year, this appliance works harder than ever. Be sure it can handle the extra responsibility. Call us for a routine servicing and tune-up. We’ll get your water heater in top shape for the season -- or advise you if your current unit is nearing or at the end of its serviceable life.
5. Plan Ahead for Vacations
If you are planning a vacation this winter, take a few easy steps to protect your plumbing system and home. If you are staying away for an extended period:
- Turn off your water valve
- Drain all of your faucets
- Set your thermostat between 50°F - 60°F.
- Consider a smart thermostat. You can adjust the temperature from your smartphone -- no matter where you are.
One more fall plumbing maintenance tip: contact Action Service Co. for help getting ready for winter. A little prevention goes a long way in avoiding inconvenient, costly, and headache-inducing problems. We’re here to help!