Winter is getting closer and that means you have to get some things ready around your home before it arrives. One of these things is your plumbing. If you have problems this would result in a big disaster that would likely be expensive to repair. To help you, below are three tips so you will avoid problems with your plumbing.
Check Faucets Outside
If you have any type of faucets outside remove the water hose attached to them and drain all water from the hoses. Store the hose somewhere indoors, such as in a garage or shed, before you have your first freeze.
Check the outdoor faucets for any type of leak. If you do notice any then you should repair these leaks before it gets too cold. This is because a leaky faucet will result in a frozen faucet and this could lead to problems with your other plumbing.
Check for Leaks Inside
Check for any plumbing leaks inside your home. This could be a leak in the bathroom faucet, bathtub, shower, and kitchen. Even if the leak is very small have it repaired. In many cases this is something you can repair on your own. For example, if your bathroom faucet is leaking, it could be something as simple as replacing the wax ring that seals the faucet. If this ring does not seal properly you will have a leak.
Check all visible plumbing pipes in your home. This includes the pipes under your kitchen and bathroom sink. You may have water dripping here and may not have realized it. Also, if you have a lot of cleaning supplies and other things under the kitchen or bathroom sick, these things can hit the pipes and cause damage leading to leaks.
If you have a basement check there also. Look for any wet, damp walls or water on the floor. If you see any rust on the water pipes this is a sign there is a leak.
If you have any part of your home that is not heated then you need to wrap the pipes to prevent them bursting. If you live in a mobile home this is very important even if you heat the entire residence. This is because you do not have a lot of insulation on the flooring to prevent the pipes from freezing.
You can purchase pipe insulation for this purpose. For something easy, there is heat tape that you put on the outside of the pipes. Purchase a kit at a home improvement store that includes a thermostat. This allows you to monitor what the temperature of the pipes are so you know if you need to add additional protection.
If you do not know how to do these things, contact a plumber in your area. A plumber, such as from Towers Murray Plumbing , will look at the entire plumbing system for you to determine if there are any problems.