Winter Plumbing Advice

Winter Plumbing

Some homeowners forget that wintertime can wreak havoc on their plumbing. Here are some winter plumbing tips that will help you avoid problem!

1. A common problem that occurs in the winter is when the kitchen sinks on an outside wall have pipes that freeze up. Should this happen to you, keep the doors of the cabinet open to let warm air in.

2. For outdoor water faucets, begin by disconnecting your hose. Next, switch off the valve for your outside office for a bit. Then, turn on the faucet so that whatever water is left will come out. Have the faucet in the “on” position throughout the winter. Also, your outside faucet’s piping ought to be pitched away from the home, as water will build up in your piping if you fail to do so.

3. It is a proven fact that water heaters tend to fail more during the winter season than other seasons. Incoming water will be significantly colder than it is during other times of the year. In turn, your water heater will be forced to work harder. To prevent turning small problems into big ones and to get the most out of your heater, schedule your water heater tune-up.

4. Contrary to what many believe, most scenarios involving frozen pipes can be prevented. Many problems can be easily detected by simply inspecting the outdoor areas of your home where water pipes are found. The sill between the first floor and basement wall ought to be insulated. Expandable foam insulation can be used for any cracks or gaps you find. The insulation will prevent cold wind from getting into your pipes. Lastly, keep faucets on during the nights in which it is frigid outdoors. Though a bit of water will be wasted, letting it drip will prevent it from freezing up.

5. You may be shocked to know the amount your sump pump discharges, even if there is snow on the ground or the ground is frozen. This could pose a serious threat for your basement. Freezing can occur if the piping’s discharge is partially plugged or back-pitched. The water you will be attempting to pump out will have nowhere to go. Additionally, long discharge hoses ought to be disconnected and replaced with those that are shorter; this will also prevent freezing.