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November 30,2023

How to Avoid a Winter Plumbing Disaster

As winter sets and temperatures drop, homeowners often face potential plumbing disasters. Cold weather can wreak havoc on plumbing systems, leading to leaks, burst pipes, and other costly issues. Mr. Rooter Plumbing can recommend various plumbing strategies you can implement to ensure an efficient system throughout the chilly months. Taking proactive measures can prevent winter plumbing disasters and save you from expensive plumbing service calls.

Insulate Your Pipes

Insulating your pipes is one of the most effective ways to protect your plumbing during the winter. Exposed pipes are vulnerable to freezing, leading to cracks and leaks. We can dispatch a professional plumber to determine effective insulation solutions, such as sleeves, foam, or heating tape. In addition, property owners should focus on areas such as attics, basements, and crawlspaces where pipes are more susceptible to the cold.

Drip Faucets on Cold Nights

On exceptionally chilly nights, letting your faucets drip slightly is good. Allowing a small amount of water to flow through the pipes can prevent freezing. This constant movement of water helps to avoid the build-up of ice that can cause pipes to burst. While it may increase your water bill slightly, it’s a cost-effective preventive measure.

Disconnect and Drain Outdoor Hoses

Outdoor hoses and faucets are vulnerable to freezing. Before winter sets in, disconnect and drain all outdoor hoses. Leaving hoses connected can trap water, which expands when frozen and can damage the hose and the connected faucet. Store hoses in a warm, dry place to prolong their lifespan.

Maintain a Consistent Indoor Temperature

Maintaining a consistent indoor temperature is essential to prevent plumbing problems during the winter. Keep your thermostat steady, even when you’re away from home. This will ensure the interior of your walls stays warm enough to prevent frozen pipes. In addition, routine inspections by a trusted plumbing service can prevent deterioration and save you money on heating bills in the long run.

Service Your Water Heater

Water heaters often work harder in winter to provide warm water for your home. Schedule professional maintenance for your water heater before winter to ensure it’s in optimal working condition. A well-maintained water heater will be more efficient, saving you money on energy bills and preventing unexpected breakdowns.

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Open Cabinet Doors

In extremely cold weather, open cabinet doors under sinks to allow warm air to circulate the pipes. This simple step can significantly prevent pipe freezing, especially in bathrooms and kitchens where pipes are often located against exterior walls.

Emergency Shut-Off Awareness

Ensure all family members know the location of the main water shut-off valve. In case of a sudden plumbing emergency, quickly turning off the water supply can prevent extensive damage. Label the valve and educate everyone in your household on its operation.

Winter can be challenging for plumbing systems, but with the right preventive measures, you can avoid costly disasters. By taking these precautions, you’ll ensure an efficient plumbing system and enjoy peace of mind throughout the chilly season, knowing that you’ve done your part to prevent a winter plumbing disaster. Contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing and ask a trusted plumber for help. If you encounter any issues or need further guidance in preparing your home for winter, you can count on our expertise to address the problem quickly.

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