How to Avoid Winter Plumbing Problems
When the temperatures are starting to drop, it is a wise decision to be proactive and do all that you can ahead of time to prepare your plumbing for the challenges of winter weather. This will help you to get through the colder months while staying warm, and keeping all of your running water in working order. Fortunately, there are just a few easy steps you can take to do this:
- Give your tanks some TLC: There are some plumbing systems that do not use tanks, but in the case of those that do, it is essential to ensure that they are properly insulated and lagged before the cold makes its presence known in your area. You need to be very attentive in this case, inspecting gaps, joins and bends in the pipes. If your tanks are located in a space that might be significantly cooler than other parts of your home, such as in a loft, roof, or garage, then you might want to consider getting warmer air to circulate in that area by opening the hatch or other opening to allow warmer air in.
- Pay attention to dripping: It can be easy to write off a dripping tap as nothing more than a moderately irritating nuisance and allow the problem to continue, but this is especially dangerous during the winter months. Fixing problems like this one as you notice them can really save you a lot of money in the long run, sparing you the expense and hassle of the frozen pipes a dripping faucet can lead to when the temperature dips.
- Be proactive before the cold hits: A sudden drop in the temperature can have disastrous effects on your plumbing and pipes if they are not in the condition that they should be. This is why you need to carefully inspect for any weak spots that could really cause you to pay the price if they have to ensure any more pressure. If you see any red flags indicating possible damage to your pipes, it is essential that you call a plumber right away. Best to take care of the issue before it really becomes a problem, and doing so will save you a lot of money.
- Get your appliances serviced regularly: Similar to your car’s engine, your central heating system and boiler will be far more efficient if they regularly undergo maintenance. It’s a good time to have your annual service taken care of before the start of winter, but don’t think you can skip out on this vital step simply because your boiler is functioning properly. In most cases, the reason for a boiler breaking down would have been entirely preventable, had the boiler been properly serviced.
- Keep warm: If any portions of your property are unheated, you can reduce the cold weather affects by keeping your windows and doors closed. This can help you to keep most of the winter weather safely outside, where it cannot wreak havoc on your plumbing.