Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.
Although the snow on the ground may cause you to think otherwise, the reality is that winter won't last forever. Spring will be here before you know it. Why not start your spring cleaning efforts with your plumbing system? This time of the year represents a great time to pay special attention to your home's plumbing system to ensure it's ready for warmer weather.
Water Heater Flush
With normal use, minerals naturally found in water can collect at the base of the water heater tank. This mineral buildup can lower the efficiency at which the water heater operates, increase the risk of a malfunction and shorten the overall lifespan of the system.
Performing a flush will help remove this buildup and lower these risks. It's best to refer to your owner's manual to determine how to perform this step for your heater as different models have different requirements. However, you can also allow a plumber to perform the process for you.
Septic Tank Inspection
Once spring arrives, you will be ready to kick cabin fever to the side and get outside and enjoy a backyard barbecue or some other event. If your septic tank isn't working correctly, your wishes will be crashed by the large, waste-containing puddles in your yard. Having your septic tank inspected early can help you avoid this type of scenario.
As part of the inspection, a plumber will look over the tank and leach field to ensure there aren't any issues. This is also a good time to consider having the tank cleaned, which a plumber can also do for you.
If you live in a climate that experiences below-freezing temperatures, there is a real possibility that your pipes can get damaged during the winter. Damaged pipes increase the risk of a leak that drive up water bills and lead to costly structural damage depending on the location of the leak.
With a pipe inspection, an experienced plumber will carefully look over exposed pipes to highlight any areas of damage, allowing you to replace the piping before it becomes a huge problem. If you've been experiencing issues with moss or mold growth near exposed pipes, this could be a sign of damage, so you want to call on a plumber right away.
Make sure you are making an effort to prepare your home's plumbing system for the spring by calling on a professional plumber.