4 Winter Prep Tips for Your Plumbing System


As you plan for Thanksgiving and Christmas, it is good to make sure that everything in your house is in check before the fall season becomes severe. Well many people when planning for fall focus more on making sure their homes have enough heat and forget other important places of the house like the plumbing system. Your plumbing system should be one of the things at the top of the list that need to be checked and fixed before the winter season.

Right now, you can easily call your local plumber and have him perform a comprehensive inspection and repairs in your draining system, however when you are hit by a plumbing problem in the middle of winter, accessing even your local plumber might turn out to be an impossible task.

So how do you prepare your home for the coming winter season? Below are important tips for every homeowner that will help them in making sure that their plumbing system is very ready for the super chilly season.

1. Plumbing System Inspection

Get in touch with your local plumber and book an appointment with them. Let them carry out a comprehensive inspection of the plumbing system of the whole house. This kind of inspection will help to identify all the critical areas in your drainage that need repairs and which ones have been neglected for too long and need replacement.

The other benefit of carrying out an inspection is that you are protected from future unnecessary repairs and expenses of maintaining your plumbing system. Make sure the person you hire to carry out the inspection is an expert and has many years’ experience in dealing with similar plumbing systems, that is why it is best to solicit the services of a local plumber.

2. Fixing the Leaks

The next thing to do after the inspection would be to start handling all the repairs and replacements that need to be done. The earlier this is done, the better. If you have any leaks in your plumbing system, you need to have them fixed. This is because the very low temperatures during winter can make even a very tiny leak to be fatal to the whole plumbing system of your home.

The leaks are the weak spots of your pipes, and during low temperatures, they can easily bust. Additional information is available at the Drain Rescue Plumber website.

3. Outdoor faucets

Make sure that all the outdoor faucets in your homestead are turned off, and the pipes used on the faucets are stored. The pipes and hoses must be drained after being disconnected from the outdoor faucets. The last thing is to shut down the water source which supplies water to the outdoor faucets so that there is no water in the faucets.

4. Pipes Insulation

Insulation needs to be done on all the pipes that are exposed and hence subjected to the extreme temperature changes during winter. The best way to insulate the pipes is by wrapping the pipes with insulation foam. Make sure you get a plumber to perform the insulation as this will guarantee you a perfectly done job. Insulation protects your pipes from freezing and bursting when the temperature starts dropping.