As the temperatures drop and winter settles in, it’s time to start thinking about protecting your plumbing from the harsh effects of cold weather. Frozen pipes, burst valves, and slow drains are just a few of the plumbing problems that can plague homes and businesses during the winter months. But don’t worry; with a little preventative maintenance, you can avoid these costly and inconvenient issues.
Vossler Plumbing Company is always ready to step in and help homeowners resolve their top winter plumbing issues. Learn how to take control of your home and make necessary changes so your plumbing never catches you off guard.
Use this convenient guide to educate yourself on how to maintain your plumbing during the cold months. If you find yourself in need of a plumber, please contact us. We are always available for quick, reliable plumbing repairs and new plumbing installations.
One of the most important steps in winter plumbing maintenance is to insulate your pipes. Pipes that run through unheated spaces, like basements, attics, or garages, are particularly susceptible to freezing. Insulation keeps the water in your pipes from freezing, which is a common cause of pipe bursts. When water freezes, it expands, putting immense pressure on pipes and leading to cracks or bursts.
If you plan to be away from your home or commercial building during the winter, make sure to leave the heat on. Keeping your building warm ensures the air around the pipes stays above freezing, reducing the risk of frozen pipes.
Before the cold weather sets in, inspect your property for any leaks or cracks, especially where pipes run through walls or foundations. Even small openings can let in cold air and cause your pipes to freeze.
On extremely cold nights, let your faucets drip slightly. This may seem counterintuitive, but moving water is less likely to freeze. A small trickle of water can prevent your pipes from freezing.
Ensure that your gutters and outdoor drains are clear of leaves, debris, and ice. Blocked gutters can cause water to pool and freeze, potentially leading to water damage or ice dams.
In case of a plumbing emergency, such as a burst pipe, knowing where your main water valve is can be crucial. Being able to quickly turn off the water can minimize water damage. Please make sure everyone in the building knows where the valve is and how to turn it off.
Have your heating system serviced by a professional to ensure it’s running efficiently and safely. A well-functioning heating system not only keeps your property warm but also helps prevent your pipes from freezing.
If you suspect that a pipe has frozen, act quickly. You can try thawing it using a hair dryer or wrapping it in warm towels.
If you own a commercial building or rent out properties, educate your tenants or employees about how to prevent and handle plumbing issues during the winter.
If you have any concerns about your plumbing or if you experience a plumbing problem during the winter, don’t hesitate to call a professional plumber. They can diagnose the problem and make the necessary repairs to get your plumbing system back in working order
At Vossler Plumbing Company, we have the experience and expertise to handle all of your winter plumbing needs. We offer a wide range of services, including pipe repair, drain cleaning, leak detection, and more. We’re also available 24/7 for emergency plumbing repairs. So, if you have any plumbing problems this winter, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 346-712-0050 to make a request.
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