Wintertime comes with its own set of plumbing emergency possibilities. When you have a holiday dinner that you’re cooking and presents that you’re wrapping, the last thing you want is to have to call a plumber. Below are four plumbing tips you can use to avoid calling a plumber this winter.
- Insulate Pipes – One of the biggest things that you have to do before winter time is to use foam sleeves or insulating tape for protecting your pipes. Inspect your pipes in the unheated areas of the home a couple of times a week to ensure there’s no frost or ice on them.
- Take Time Between Showers – During the holidays, chances are that you will have a house full of guests. It’s a good idea to have a minimum of ten minutes between showers. This will give the water heater the time it needs to recover.
- Drain Your Spigots and Hoses – Before the cold weather starts, drain any remaining water from your spigots and hoses outside, and then remove your garden hose. Store the hoses in the shed or garage until spring.
- Allow the Water to Run – Along with insulating your pipes, an easy way that you can prevent your pipes from becoming frozen is to let your water run periodically from each valve. Run water from all of your valves through the room on a regular basis to help prevent frozen pipes.
These are four things that you can do to avoid calling a plumber this winter. They won’t avoid all plumbing emergencies, but they will help.