Winter poses many problems for home plumbing systems. Freezing weather conditions can lead to burst pipes, leaks, and high water bills. Residents in warmer regions of Victoria should not assume they are immune to frozen pipes; in 2015, a cold front spread sub-zero temperatures and snow across the state. Before winter strikes this year, get your home ready to face difficult conditions so you can avoid calling out an emergency plumber.
1. Insulate Your Pipes
Frozen pipes are a common plumbing problem in winter. Prepare your pipes to withstand extreme cold by wrapping them in insulation foam. Pay particular attention to the pipes that run through your attic and basement, as these areas are often less insulated than the rest of your home.
2. Disconnect Outdoor Hoses
Many people forget that the water inside outdoor hoses can freeze during winter. Ice that forms inside a garden hose can not only split the rubber hose, but also increase pressure in the home plumbing system. This increase in pressure can lead to a burst pipe inside the home, which will require an expensive repair.
If you do not use your garden hose during winter, disconnect and drain it at the beginning of the season so you can store it safely. If you would rather leave the hose connected, watch the weather forecast so you can remove it just in time to avoid freezing conditions.
3. Locate Your Main Water Valve
If you have a plumbing emergency during winter, you will need to quickly turn off the water supply to your home. Before winter strikes, take the time to locate the main water valve in your home. Usually, it is located next to the water meter. Check that the water valve turns easily; if it is stiff, apply some oil to lubricate the mechanism so it will work when you need it.
4. Protect Your Home When You Go Away
If you plan to travel away from home during winter, be sure to prepare your home to be sure your plumbing will stay safe. Turn off the main water valve and open taps to drain water out of the system before you leave. By removing water from your pipes, you can be sure you will not come back to discover a flood.
5. Watch Out for Frozen Pipes
During spells of cold weather during winter, watch out for the telltale signs of a frozen pipe. The first sign is often an absence of water when you turn on one or more of the taps in your home.
6. Call a Plumber for Help With Burst Pipes
If you suspect one of your pipes has burst, you need to call a plumber rather than trying to solve the problem yourself. A professional plumber can replace the damaged section of pipe without causing a flood.
A and C Plumbing is ready to help you deal with all your winter plumbing issues. Get in touch today.