How to Avoid Winter Plumbing Problems

You should always schedule maintenance for your kitchen sink and other household plumbing for the fall, if necessary. During this time of year, temperatures are still relatively warm, which means that your plumbing probably hasn’t developed some of the common issues in the wintertime. If you’d like to avoid these worry spots, now is the perfect time to maintain your plumbing so it lasts throughout the winter.

Here are some of the easiest ways to maintain your plumbing this fall, so you don’t have an emergency in the winter:

Keep Your House Temperature Above 60 Degrees

One of the most dangerous issues that can arise in the winter is to have a pipe freeze. Water coming from your local main is often subjected to temperatures outside, which can get far below the freezing threshold in the winter. The frozen water can lead to expansion and can easily result in a burst pipe.

To reduce your risk of a pipe freezing in the winter, ensure your home remains consistently above 60 degrees. This is as simple as adjusting your thermostat accordingly. Taking this step will keep the water in your home warm enough that it’s less likely to freeze and cause a burst pipe.

Check Your Water Heater

Your water heater is a vital tool in the wintertime, and it also is one of the hardest working appliances in your home. The harder any appliance has to work, however, the more likely it is to break down, and no one likes the thought of a cold shower in the middle of the wintertime.

That’s why you should have your water heater inspected during the fall to ensure it’s in good, working order heading into its busy season. You should also consider getting the water heater insulated, which can reduce how hard the heater has to work to make sure your home has hot water.

Check for Reduced Water Flow

In addition to performing proper plumbing maintenance during the fall, it’s essential to keep an eye on how water flows through your plumbing. Reduced water flow can be an early warning sign of a clog forming or a pipe freezing. Consequently, it needs to be addressed quickly if you’re going to avoid the costly repairs associated with damaged plumbing.

A helpful tip in regards to keeping consistent water flow is to avoid pouring grease and other food material down your drains. Adding these particulates into your plumbing increases the chances that a clog will form and create problems.

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For more tips to prepare your home’s plumbing for the winter or to get a quote for plumbing repair services in the Greater Philadelphia area, call Economy Drain Cleaning & Plumbing today!

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