Preparing Your Plumbing for Winter 

Your plumbing, needless to say, is extremely important for a well functioning home. Without it working as smoothly as possible, even the smallest tasks like showering or washing your hands can be difficult. However, your plumbing could run into even bigger problems that could ultimately damage your home. The colder months of winter are the perfect time for a number of problems to occur. Therefore, it is extremely important to maintain your home’s plumbing during these colder months.

How to Prevent Freezing

The largest threat to your plumbing are frozen pipes. Pipes that are left frozen for a long time could potentially burst, causing severe property damage. As such, it is important that homeowners keep the heat on constantly, even when not at home, to prevent pipes from freezing over.

If you do notice that a pipe has been frozen, then be sure to thaw it as quickly as possible.

 

Prevent Snow From Accumulating Around Your Home

You most likely will be facing at least one heavy snowstorm this winter season and will need to shovel you way out your front door to get to your car. However, it is even more important to shovel snow away from your home to prevent a lot of water from seeping into your foundation. If too much water is allowed to affect your foundation, your entire house could be in jeopardy. Water accumulation could also severely damage your basement and lead to mold and bacterial growths.

Ensure a Proper Functioning Sump Pump

A sump pump is almost essential in preventing water from seeping into your basement. During heavy snowfall, your sump pump will undoubtedly have a lot of work to do, and that’s why it’s important that it is functioning as smoothly as possible. Before winter even begins, test to see if your sump pump is working. Also make sure that any debris is cleared out.

A common mistake many homeowners run into is not having their sump pump connected to a direct power source or neglect to replace any damaged parts. Needless to say, there’s no point in having a sump pump if it’s not working efficiently or not working at all!

Drain Outdoor Faucets

Disconnect any water connections like hoses that may be lying around in your backyard. Also, drain out any leftover water that may be in the faucet; if this water is left where it is, they will undoubtedly freeze up and damage your faucets. Shutting off water valves that lead to the outside can drastically help in preventing unnecessary water damage to your faucets and outdoor water connections.

Anything Else? 

A pipe burst can be quite expensive and lead to unnecessary frustrations when having to deal with such a huge problem. Therefore, it is better to just be prepared for the colder months and inspect your plumbing often to identify any potential risks before they turn into

A pipe burst can be quite expensive and lead to unnecessary frustrations when having to deal with such a huge problem. Therefore, it is better to just be prepared for the colder months and inspect your plumbing often to identify any potential risks before they turn into full-blown problems. Insulation and keeping your house warm is only the first step, but also ensuring that snow is quickly removed from around your house and ensure your sump pump is working actively are absolutely necessary for preventing damages.