Winter Plumbing Prep

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Fall is here, which means the cold winter winds are about to blow. You may be concerned about your furnace or worried about your kids' school clothes, but you need to pause a bit to consider your plumbing. You can make your life much easier if you take measures now to protect it.

Water Heater

Having your water heater fail at any time is an issue, but when it blows in the winter, you can end up taking ice cold showers and mopping up a winter flood. Unfortunately, many people ignore their water heater, sometimes not looking at it for a decade or more. One important maintenance step is to drain your water heater to remove sediment that causes corrosion. First, you need to turn off your water heater. You can attach a hose to your heater drain and let the tank water drain into buckets or a tub. If you haven't drained the water heater in a while, you will probably notice some dirt and rust in the water. Once the tank is drained, experts suggest you remove the hose and turn the water on, allowing clean water to flow through your water heater drain until it runs clear. Then you can shut off the drain and allow your water heater to refill. Taking these steps will help your water heater to work more efficiently and last longer.

If during the draining of your water heater, you notice extreme rust and sediment in the water, the draining process may not be enough to help you. Excessive gunk is often a sign of a water heater about to go bad. In this case, you can stop what you are doing and call the plumber for a professional inspection. If you need a new water heater, it's better to get one before the cold winds blow.

Frozen Pipes

If your pipes froze last year, you probably swore that you wouldn't let it happen again. You have spent hours trying to defrost them or dealing with a burst pipe.  Unfortunately, you may not have given your pipes a single thought since the last disaster. Remember, you always need to insulate exposed interior pipes, often found in basements, attics, and crawl spaces. Once you've taken care of those pipes, move on to outside plumbing. If you leave your hose attached to the outdoor spigot, it can actually cause an interior pipe to burst, another thing you may never have considered. The water inside the hose freezes and then expands, putting damaging pressure on your entire plumbing system. You should disconnect the hose, drain it, and put it away. These steps will not take long, but they offer you significant protection from a winter water disaster.

Before winter hits, complete a few plumbing maintenance tasks to keep things working well this winter. Plumbing disasters are bad enough in the summertime, but when the winds turn icy, plumbing issues can totally disrupt your life. If you are unsure of your plumbing prowess, consult with a local plumber, like one from Johnny Pipewrench LLC, for additional help or a complete home inspection.

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6 October 2016

Learning About Plumbing Repairs

Hello, I’m Melanie. Welcome to my site about plumbing repairs. When I went on vacation last winter, the pipes beneath my house burst during a cold snap. I did not notice the problem until the weather warmed up and the pipes started leaking an immense amount of water. I had a plumber come inspect the crawlspace under my home to find and assess the problem. The broken pipes had to be replaced to rectify the issue. My site will cover all sorts of plumbing problems and repairs in detail to help you deal with similar situations. Some of these will be DIY, but others you'll need to know when to hire a professional.