Plumbing emergencies can be extremely stressful and costly. They’re especially common during the colder months, so implementing preventative measures is something you should consider. Summer is the best time to repair and replace plumbing, so here are some tips to avoid those awful winter plumbing emergencies for this upcoming season.
Insulate Your Water Pipes
Cold winter weather can cause your pipes to freeze and burst. To prevent this from happening, you can insulate them to ensure their warmth throughout the colder seasons. Getting this sort of insulation installed not only helps reduce the likelihood of winter plumbing emergencies but also helps reduce water heating bills. Insulating your water pipes can be done on your own, but hiring a professional plumber is the safer option.
Check Your Pipes, Faucets, And Drains For Damages
An important preventative measure is to check the main plumbing areas of your home that might be likely to cause emergency issues. Conducting regular household checkups by inspecting and cleaning pipes, drains, and faucet screens will let you know about problems before they happen or get worse. Call the experts at Drain Pro Plumbing immediately if you notice that anything has gone awry.
Clean Your Water Heater
Having access to hot water during the winter time is vital for our homes to run safely and effectively. To prevent issues arising with your water heater, it’s a good idea to clean, drain, and refill your water heater at least once a year. You can hire a plumbing service like Drain Pro Plumbing if you want to go ahead with this sort of water heater maintenance. Doing this will help prevent long-term issues and keep your heater in tip-top shape. Water heaters last about 15-20 years so continuing with maintenance like this can keep your heater lasting as long as possible.
Take Care Of Your Drains
Large parties and holiday cooking before winter can often result in clogged drains. Don’t neglect your drains! Below we’ll list a few preventative steps as an easy way to keep your pipes running smoothly:
- Don’t pour grease or fat down your sink drains.
- Don’t flush anything except toilet paper down your toilet.
- Install drain traps on all your household drains.
- If you have a garbage disposal, don’t grind sticky or overly hard items down the drain.
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Taking precautionary measures to avoid winter plumbing emergencies can significantly reduce the risk of them happening in your home. However, sometimes no matter how hard you try, things can come up unexpectedly. If you are experiencing a plumbing emergency, or do in the future, we have four decades of experience as Victoria Plumbing Contractors. We are locally owned and operated, licensed, insured, and all our work is guaranteed.