There are people who deemed that winter denotes happiness and fun. On the other hand, when it comes to our plumbing fixtures, this just means a problem at all. Subsequent to the winter season, you probably have experienced pipe leaks and burst, these complications occur due to lack of preparation as winter approaches. Yes, you heard it right, there are certain preventive materials that you have to prepare in order for winter not to mess up with your plumbing fixtures. Here are the following:
Insulate plumbing mechanisms
When water tubes and pipes aren’t insulated before the winter season, it most likely freezes as well as the stagnant water within. This situation would likely result in pipe burst and leaks, worse when left unnoticed, create serious damage to your entire plumbing system.
One way to guarantee that our pipes from freezing are to insulate it through wrapping the pipes with side-slitted foam tubes or foam blanket that can be found in your local home depot stores. Doing so will avert your pipes from freezing, thus reduces that risks of pipe leaks and burst.
Give immediate remedy to pipe leaks
Unnoticed pipe leaks will worsen over time, thus, this greatly affects your monthly water bill. That’s why it’s important to conduct regular maintenance to check and see if your pipes are having pipe leaks.
If leaks are found, try to fix them immediately most especially before winter. The moisture coming from your dripping taps and leaky taps might freeze that causes your pipes to expand bigger and bigger until you will have a hard time to mend them.
Prevent frozen outdoor pipes
Even if your outdoor pipes aren’t in used, they may still have water in it. Similar to the previous mentioned, stagnant water will cause leaks on your hose that would definitely necessitate you from buying a new one.
One way to protect your hoses during subzero season and prolong its lifespan is to detach it from your outdoor pipes. Subsequently, the hoses should be wrap up and place them somewhere in your basement as a winter preparation.
Close shut-off valves and drains outdoor pipes
One of the preventive actions one must take to avoid winter problems is to turn off your shut-off valves that are attached to your outdoor taps, and pipes. Also, the remaining water should be drained to avoid leaks from the frozen water within.
Clean your home’s sump pump pit
Before winter arrives, ensure to inspect and clean your sump pump and pit. Like other facilities, when sump pump are exposed to too much cold temperature, most of the time, it malfunctions until it’s out of commission. If this amenity fails to function, expect that flood will enter in your basement which causes so more mess.
Run water often
Before and during winter, you should make it habit to run all your taps for at least 10 seconds at a particular time interval. The technique will help you from avoiding frozen fixtures as you inspect them after winter. After winter, there are also instances that your experience water loss and low water pressure, try to check them for there might be leaks that precipitated the problem from happening.