It’s about that time of year again! Fall and winter are just around the corner, so now is the time to start preparing your plumbing for colder weather.
It’s important that you make sure your home plumbing is prepared to face the elements that come with cold weather. When the temperatures start to plummet, unprepared plumbing systems can begin to experience increased clogs, damaged pipes, or flooding. Here are some important things to remember when getting your plumbing ready.
When it comes to fall and winter pipe prep, one of the first things you’ll want to look for is any existing leaks in your system and get them repaired. Something as small as a faucet drip may turn into a major problem when colder weather hits. As the temperature drops, the water in your pipes will naturally begin to expand. This could cause the pipe to burst due to the increased pressure in those weakened areas. Taking the time to have minor leaks repaired can save you an immense amount of expenses, time, and headaches during the already stressful holiday months to come.
Also, have your water heater inspected to ensure it’s running at top efficiency. No one enjoys an unexpected cold shower! Especially in the middle of December! It is also recommended that you cap your water temperature at a specific number to help prevent energy waste and avoid scalding water.
To avoid frozen or burst pipes, ensure your pipes are properly insulated before the temperature starts to plummet this fall. This will help you avoid expensive repairs from unnecessary flood damage.
Outdoor faucets and hose bibs, although useful in the summer months, are susceptible to cold weather damage if not properly prepared. Be sure to disconnect hoses or other similar outdoor water items and drain your hose bibs to avoid pipe freezing. To prevent freezing, shut off the main water supply to these specific areas and have our Arrowhead Brass Icebreaker Freeze-Proof hydrant installed as soon as possible to protect your home. You can visit our website at arrowheadbrass.com to learn more!