6 Ways to Avoid Expensive Winter Leaks
Winter is the season of snow, cheer, loved ones and the occasional unplanned plumbing problem. Leaks are expensive and inconvenient during the holiday season which is why we created this list to help you avoid them. When it comes to your homes plumbing, prevention is key. Take these 6 tips into consideration and if you find yourself with a plumbing problem contact a professional plumber for help.
Protect Your Pipes from Freezing
At all costs avoid frozen pipes! Keep an eye on water pressure during the winter months, this is the first sign you have a frozen pipe. If you notice restricted water flow or a significant change in water pressure contact a professional plumber immediately!
Fix Any Potential Leaks Now
The best way to avoid leaks is by preventing them or catching them early on! Check all interior and exterior faucets for drips or puddles. If you find a leaky faucet contact Shamrock immediately before it becomes a bigger problem.
Drain & Clean Your Water Heater
Living in Utah or anywhere with hard water means sediment is building in your water heater tank, this needs to be cleaned out! The sediment buildup can cause rust to form in your water heater, which then flows into your homes drinking, cooking, and bathing water. Water heater already rusted, old, or stopped working? Contact a plumber to have a new one installed to keep your warm all winter.
Remove & Store Your Outdoor Hose
You don’t need to water your plants or grass this winter, disconnect your garden hoses and drain any pipes of water to prevent any possible damage. By leaving a garden hose connected to your home, you’re risking ice and pressure build-up in the water lines inside of your home. If buildup occurs a water line could potentially leak or break causing expensive and serious damage to your home.
Close Any Interior Shutoff Valves Leading to Exterior Faucets
Locate the shut-off valves in your home to drain all the water from the pipes that lead to the hose bibs outside. These are commonly found near your water heater, meter, basements, crawlspaces, or under sinks. Depending on your home you may or may not be able to access these valves, for assistance call a professional plumber.
Clean the Sump Pump Pit
To avoid any floods inside your home keep an eye on the area around the basements sump
pump discharge line. If the drainage area is blocked by snow or flowing into a puddle, freezing could occur, as well as water backing up into the house.
By properly taking these leak prevention steps your home should be safe all winter but sometimes leaks can’t be prevented. For assistance with leaking pipes or other plumbing emergencies contact Shamrock Plumbing at 801-505-9505 or visit us online.