How to Protect Your Plumbing This Winter
Looked at a certain way, spring and fall have one major thing in common. While rich in their own traditions, each is one is set-up for next season in line. In spring, you prepare your home for summer just as fall is a great opportunity to ensure your home is ready for winter.
Winter can be especially tough on your plumbing, especially here in Central Connecticut. What can you do now to protect your plumbing from winter’s harsh conditions? Let’s have a look:
- Insulate all water pipes in unheated areas of your home, including your garage, crawl spaces, and more.
- Shut off the water to all outdoor faucets and hose bibs. Disconnect your hoses, too, and store them in a space where they can’t freeze.
- Clear your gutters of leaves and other debris to help prevent ice dams. Ice dams can back up, damage your roof and, once the ice begins to melt, leak water into your attic.
- Insulate pipes in unheated areas, such as garages or crawl spaces. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables around pipes that are exposed and prone to freezing.
- Check the temperature setting on your water heaters thermostat. Set it at 120°F for optimum performance.
- When leaving home for extended periods of time, shut off the main water valve and make sure you leave the heat on…a minimum of 55°F is widely recommended.
If your plumbing is starting to show its age, why not schedule a whole-house plumbing inspection with Clog Master. We can spot small problems – if any – before they become bigger and costlier repairs. With annual preventive maintenance, we also can help reduce repair frequency and costs. Contact us today to learn more or schedule service – before the snow flies.