Winter is now officially upon us, and with the cold temperatures come new concerns about your home plumbing system. Dropping temperatures and extreme weather conditions can put your plumbing system under pressure, leading to leaks, floods, and clogs. Fortunately, there are a few simple maintenance procedures you can do that will help to prevent any unexpected winter plumbing damage. Here are a few winter plumbing tips from the professional technicians at ClearView Plumbing.
Drain Clog Prevention
Dropping temperatures mean that you’ll be turning on the hot water faucet more frequently, and all that increased use could lead to clogs. For instance, extra hot showers in the winter can lead to a build of hair in the drain and cooking grease and oils from holiday meals can clogs drains as well. Prevent wintertime drain clogs with this simple and environmentally-friendly draining cleaning solution. Combine 1 cup salt and 1 cup baking soda with water and wash it down your drain, followed by two cups of boiling water. Put this solution down your drains once a week to prevent any debris from building up and causing a clog.
One of the biggest concerns for your plumbing system during the winter is freezing pipes. If your pipes freeze, not only will your plumbing be disrupted but the pressure can build and eventually burst your pipes, leading to flooding. There are many preventative measures you can take to stop your pipes from freezing this winter. Making sure your home is well-insulated and consistently heated is the best way to avoid any plumbing issues this winter. For an extra precaution, foam padding or special insulation tape can be place around your pipes to provide extra protection against freezing. Inspect pipes in the basement or rarely occupied spaces in your home for frost and clean them accordingly.
Dropping temperatures bring new concerns in terms of your home’s plumbing system. With the right maintenance and care, you can ensure that your plumbing system remains fully operational all season long. If you experience a plumbing emergency this winter, the professional technicians at ClearView Plumbing can solve your problem quickly and efficiently. To learn more about our plumbing repair, maintenance and installation services, contact us today!