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Preparing Your New Home's Plumbing For The Winter

by April Rivera

The winter months can bring unique threats to your plumbing system. However, new homeowners may not be very informed or experienced with preventing wintertime plumbing problems. When these plumbing problems arise, they can contribute to massive damage to the home.

Perform Maintenance To The Water Heater During The Fall

The cold temperatures that will dominate the winter months can put additional strain on your water heater. This is due to the pipes getting cold enough to cool the hot water that is flowing through it. You may be able to mitigate this potential performance drain by performing maintenance on the water heater during the fall months so that it will have the best performance possible throughout the winter months. This maintenance will involve cleaning the interior of the unit, changing the water filter, and servicing the burner or heating elements.

Insulate Exterior Faucets And Pipes

The exterior pipes and faucets will be at the greatest risk of suffering damage during the winter months as a result of being exposed to extremely cold temperatures. This may cause the water in the pipes or faucet to freeze, and this may rupture the pipes. Adding thick insulation to any exposed pipes or faucets can prevent the water inside them from getting cold enough to freeze. Sadly, this may not always be effective as some areas will experience temperatures that are low enough to overwhelm the insulation. There are small heating elements that can be added to pipes that are exposed, and they can warm the water enough to stop freezing from occurring.

Winterize Lawn Sprinklers And Hoses

Failing to drain the sprinklers and garden hoses can lead to ruptures in these components of the system. When this occurs, your yard may flood, and you could be forced to pay extremely expensive water and repair bills. Due to this potential risk, it is imperative to make sure that this work is done before the first hard freeze arrives.

Know How To Respond To Frozen Pipes

If your home's pipes freeze, you must act quickly to minimize the damage. This will involve turning on the faucet so that water and pressure can be released once the ice starts to melt. Furthermore, the pipes should be regularly inspected and monitored for signs of leaking as this may not occur until the ice starts to melt. In the event leaking is occurring, the supply of water to the pipe should be turned off until a plumber can repair the rupture. 

Contact a company like Brother's Plumbing for more information and assistance.