Winter is quickly approaching. To get through winter, you need an efficient heating system, winter clothes and a well-insulated home. Other items on the winter preparation checklist include; heater maintenance and plumbing service. Robinson Plumbing, an expert for plumbing services in Whitehall PA, discusses what you need to know to help you prepare your plumbing for winter.
Inspect Your Plumbing For Leaks
During the summer, and other warmer seasons, leaks can increase your water bills and cause water damage around the house. In the winter, however, leaks can cause a much bigger problem. Water leaks lead to the bursting of pipes. This is because water freezes inside water pipes and they increases in size. This will cause the pipe to swell. When there is a leak in the system, the pipe will burst open around the leaking section. To prevent this from happening, you can inspect your plumbing system. Alternatively, you can call a licensed plumber to inspect your plumbing for leaks and carry out the necessary repairs before winter arrives. A reputable plumber will be able to use their skills to find leaks that you may not be aware of.
Insulate Water Pipes
Insulate your pipes to prevent your pipes from freezing. Pipe insulation can be purchased at local hardware stores. Since pipes inside the house are less likely to freeze since it is warmer indoors, you should insulate pipes in the garage, attic and basement. These areas of your home are not as warm and are prone to freezing pipes. Any exposed pipe under sinks and closets, among other open places, should also be well-insulated.
Prepare Outdoor Plumbing Fixtures
Before winter arrives, be sure to drain the garden hose, sprinkler system, swimming pool and outdoor taps. These appliances need to be drained and their water supply shut off to ensure they do not have any water. Be sure to take the sprinkler indoors to prevent any damage.
Service Your Water Heater
You need an efficient water heating system. For this reason, you need to give your heater a tune up. Start by draining all the water in the tank through the drain plug to get rid of any sediments that may have settled at the bottom of the tank. It is best to hire a qualified plumber to maintain your water heater. It is important for every homeowner to start preparing their plumbing for the winter well in advance. After all, the cold season may start a few weeks early.
Shut Off The Water Supply
If you plan on going away for the winter, you need to to shut off the water supply and drain all the pipes. This will ensure that your pipes do not freeze and burst during winter. After shutting off the main water valve to the house, open all taps and showers to drain all the water in the system. Be sure to also flush all toilets and drain the water heater completely.
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You can really save yourself some trouble by preparing your plumbing for the cold season. Start early and make sure that you prepare your plumbing system before it gets too cold out. Furthermore, be sure to get a professional plumbing inspection. This will prevent your pipes from bursting and it ensures that your plumbing system works as it should throughout the winter.
To get a professional plumbing system inspection, contact Robinson Plumbing. Our friendly and professional certified plumbers can help you prepare for the winter. We can check your system and make sure that you don’t have any leaks or plumbing problems that will lead to major issues down the road. We are a local, family owned company that is known for trusted, high quality service.
We service Allentown PA 18101, Catasauqua PA 18032, Coplay PA 18037, Laurys Station PA 18059, Lehigh Valley PA 18001, Northampton PA 18067, Whitehall PA 18052, and surrounding areas in Lehigh Valley, PA.