Winter Tips to Protect Your Plumbing

Winter Tips to Protect Your Plumbing

Winter is right around the corner here in North Central Ohio, and with it comes a variety of concerns for your plumbing. In fact, winter is one of the busiest times of the year for plumbers, with a much higher volume of service calls—and it’s easy to see why. Between the weather growing colder and more family gatherings for the holidays, most plumbing systems are put under enormous stress this time of year. 

Winterizing Tips

Fortunately, with a few preemptive measures, you’ll be able to protect yourself from unexpected repairs this winter season:

  • Protect against frozen pipes. Having a pipe burst in the winter can not only be costly to repair—it can create significant property damage. It is important to make sure that your outside water valves are turned off completely, with any hoses disconnected and put away. You’ll also want to evaluate any piping that is in un-insulated areas like basements and attics, especially in areas susceptible to cold. Consider insulating each pipe to prevent freezing.
  • Check your water heater. Your water heater is crucial to the day-to-day operations of your home, especially in the colder winter months. If you’ve noticed your water heater is no longer keeping up with your needs, it is important to have a plumber come and perform an assessment. They can suggest any repairs or replacements that can ensure you never go without hot water in the coldest parts of winter.
  • Prevent damage to kitchen drains and garbage disposals. The holidays tend to mean large meals with friends and family. Be sure that you are aware of what is going down your drains. Fats and oils can clog your drains, leading to unwanted smells and blockage that could be costly over time. Worse, garbage disposals can clog or seize if used improperly.

Here for Your Winter Plumbing Needs

While it’s important to be mindful of the weather conditions and what cold could mean for your home’s plumbing system, maintaining your plumbing through the winter months doesn’t have to be difficult. Consider how freezing temperatures and higher foot traffic can affect your plumbing and take the above steps to prevent damage. Then, whether you experience a plumbing emergency this winter or simply want to upgrade your system to prevent issues, contact The Trenchless Guys today.