Welcome! My name is Sally. This is my blog about plumbing. I decided to start writing about plumbing after a very scary experience. I arrived home from work one day only to discover that a pipe burst in my home. When I opened the front door, I saw a torrent of water pouring down the stairs. I panicked and ran next door to my neighbour. Luckily, he used to work as a construction contractor, so he has a lot of experience in dealing with household problems. He helped me to turn off the mains water and helped me to mop up the mess. After this event, I decided I wanted to learn more about the plumbing in my house, so I went to a night school class.
Home plumbing can pay a huge price if the house isn't adequately prepared for winter. Seasonal shifts, whether related to travel, winter temperatures or festivities can push your home's plumbing system to the brink. So how do you ensure your plumbing is ready for winter?
Here's how to save cash as well as keep pipes from freezing:
Protect Plumbing Pipes from Freezing
Whenever winter temperatures plummet, water easily freezes inside. This causes them to burst. If you're unaware of burst pipes or you're out of the house, the impact can be devastating. For example, you can suffer from massive home floods and/or damage to your valuable home structure, rugs, or furniture.
To mitigate the possibilities of frozen pipes, you should wrap every un-insulated pipe in a foam blanket. Most hardware stores stock foam tubes that feature a slit on their side. Cut your tube to the needed length and then pull it open. Next, push it around and over your pipe. If the foam lacks a self-adhesive edge, use duct tape to secure it.
Drain the Water Heater
Do you reside in an area with hard water? Sediment buildup in the tank can cause the development of rust. The rust then finds its way to your bathing, cooking, and drinking water. If the hot water heater is too old or rusted, you should consider replacing it before the cold weather comes.
Fix Your Home Plumbing Leaks Real Time
You shouldn't take ages to fix plumbing leaks. Check all the faucets in your utility room, bathrooms, and kitchen for puddles and drips. Contact a reputable plumber immediately you notice a leaky faucet. He or she will get the pipes back to a great shape.
Lose Your Outdoor Hose
Until the warm weather returns, disconnecting, wrapping up, and packing away the garden hose is the best plumbing practice. Leaving the hose connected outside in the winter causes the water inside to not only freeze, but also expand. It freezes both your faucets as well as connecting pipes. By disconnecting and storing the outdoor horse, you can avoid hefty repair bills. When it's warmer, you can use your hose on the outdoors.
Clean the Sump Pump Pit
Inspect and clean the sump pump and pit. Extreme cold conditions freeze your pump rendering it dysfunctional. The last thing you want is for water to enter your basement.
Winter ought to be full of warm family get-togethers and cheers. You shouldn't suffer from exploded leaks and pipes. Prepare adequately and repair your home's plumbing in advance in order to avoid costly disasters.Share