Winter Plumbing Prep - Preventing Plumbing Problems
Winter Plumbing Prep - Preventing Plumbing ProblemsNovember 30 / 2019
With winter right around the corner, now is a good time to get your homes plumbing ready for the colder months ahead. Winter plumbing prep can help save your homes plumbing from some costly repairs.Here is how you can prevent plumbing problems this winter.
Prevent Frozen PipesIn areas of the country that are prone to freezing temperatures, most homes plumbing is equipped to handle the sudden drop in temperatures. However, in areas that have more of a Mediterranean climate, they may be caught off guard if the temperature unexpectedly drops below freezing. In Southern California, we enjoy warm temperatures almost all year long, however, on occasion, temperatures can drop below freezing. When this happens a lot of plumbing could be vulnerable. To prevent frozen pipes in even the nicest of climates it is a good idea to make sure that all exposed pipes are properly insulated. In addition, it is a good idea to disconnect garden hoses from outdoor spigots. This helps protect your plumbing and also keeps your hose is good shape.
Check Your Water HeaterDuring your winter plumbing prep it is a good idea to perform some regular maintenance on your water heater. This involves draining and flushing the tank, inspecting the tank for weaknesses, making sure the heat source is in good shape, and checking the thermostat. Regular maintenance can help your water heater last longer, and can help prevent plumbing problems. Bonus tip, during the colder months of the year, you may be tempted to turn up the temperature on your water heater. As a safety precaution, you should never turn your water heater up above 125°F. Water temperatures above 125°F cause severe burns, especially for young children and pets. So veer on the safe side and keep water temperatures below 125°F.
Watch What Goes Down The DrainThis time of year we tend to entertain a lot more than usual. This means more cooking, which in turn puts more pressure on your home's plumbing system. To keep things running smoothly watch what goes down the drain. Make sure you are disposing things correctly. For example, make sure that FOGs (fats, oils, and grease) gets thrown out in the trash can or taken to a recycling facility. Some other things that should never go down the drain include:
- Food peels
- Expandable food
- Paper other than toilet paper
- Cotton Swabs
- Diapers and wipes
- Dental Floss