How to Weatherproof Your Home Plumbing

Recurrent problems with sanitaryware can be easily prevented if we know how to properly maintain the system and what precautionary measures to take.

Herein, you will find advice suggested by plumbers, which in the future is sure to help you minimize your expenses on costly repair services. Still, it will never hurt to consult your local plumber because he/she can scope out the problem and advise you how to improve the situation where it is possible and prepare your whole plumbing system for the winter.

Inspect for Leaks

If they are not mended in time, even insignificant leaks in the pipes may lead to uncontrollable flooding and costly repair works. That is why it is crucial to inspect all the exterior walls of your house, basement, especially if it is not heated, storage places, and areas that are not insulated properly. In the long run, lack of insulation may lead to cracking and leaking of the pipes.

Drain and Insulate Outdoor Plumbing

a professional plumber smilesIt is evident without professionals that in the winter, the water that is trapped in outdoor pipes is very likely to freeze. In this case, it expands, which may lead to cracking and breaking of the pipes. It is important to drain and insulate all the exterior parts of the plumbing system before the weather turns colder. You can use special faucet covers or hose bibs in order to protect exterior faucets of your garden from low temperatures, just make sure that you drain the water before doing it. If you have an irrigation system, cut off the water that flows in it and drain it from the pipes. Remove hoses from the system and store them during the winter.

Make Problem Areas Weatherproof

Check for trouble areas in your house, garage, or basement that leave plumbing system exposed. These may be doorways with loose seals or cracked windows that let in low temperatures and make the pipes freeze. Timely fixing and repairing of these zones may safeguard you from expensive repairs and reconstruction. Insulating exposed pipes (especially the ones that are located under the kitchen and bathroom faucets) can also help the system resist freezing. Nowadays, pipe insulation is available in different diameters and thicknesses, and its length can be easily adjusted to the needed parameters. You should not call a plumber in order to fix pipe insulation. All that you need is to bend and slip it over your pipe. Note that thick pieces may be difficult to bend, but they give more protection to your pipes.

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