Cold temperatures and other winter elements can harm the pipes in your plumbing system. However, if your system is not fully prepared, there are several measures you can take to get it ready for the upcoming winter season. Here are some top preventative maintenance tips to help you prepare your system before winter.
Insulate Your Pipes
Insulating the piping in your plumbing system is a crucial step to preventing heat loss and ensuring the longevity of your plumbing system. Adding insulation to all exposed pipes within your basement, exterior walls, and outside your residential property is recommended. Any unheated areas of your house with lines also need insulation, such as the pipes underneath a kitchen sink or bathroom. Proper insulation will save energy and protect your pipes from freezing and bursting during cold weather.
Get All Leaky Fixtures Serviced
It’s essential to pay attention to leaks in your plumbing system, especially during the colder months. Leaks can cause your utility bills to skyrocket regardless of the season. You should address the issue as soon as possible to avoid further damage. During the winter, water leaking will freeze and spread to other pipes, leading to higher maintenance costs. Therefore, fixing any leaks as soon as possible is best to avoid additional expenses.
Watch What You Pour Down Your Drains
With the holiday season fast approaching, you may find yourself dealing with more grease and food waste going down your kitchen drain and into the pipes. It is important to remember that pouring fats down the drain can cause them to harden and clog your pipes. You should collect all liquid fats and dispose of them in the trash instead. After using your garbage disposal, flush the drain with water to wash away any remaining debris. Maintaining your drain is essential to preventing future problems and ensuring proper functioning.
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