5 Tips to Avoid Winter Plumbing Woes

Winter is usually the time when everything inconvenient starts to happen, simply because November through to January are the most expensive months. Christmas is coming, the heating bill always goes up much more than what you were expecting, and of course – something important always breaks. Just to keep you in the festive spirit.

One of the most popular visitors during this season, is a costly plumbing leak, so we have put together our six top tips which will help you avoid such a visitor.

1. Drain your water heater!

Live in a location with hard water? This one’s for you! Due to the water type, sediment can build up in your tank, causing rust to develop inside. Unfortunately, this rust can find its way into your drinking, cooking, and cleaning water! If your hot water heater is already rusted or is too cold, it would be a good idea to consider purchasing a new one before the cold weather gets worse.

2. Protect your plumbing pipes from freezing!

This might sound a bit obvious, but it’s a tip that people always forget. When the temperatures plummet during the winter, water usually freezes inside the pipes, often causing them to burst (water expands when frozen). This can lead to huge disasters… even an entire home flood! To reduce the chances of your pipes freezing, wrap each of your un-insulated pipes in a blanked of foam.

3. Close and drain pipes leading outdoors!

If you have interior shut-off valves leading to outdoor sinks, close them and drain the water from outside lines. If there is water that remains in the lines, it will freeze and may could major damage.

4. Clean your sump pump pit!

You will need to inspect and clean your sump pump and the pit in which it lives. When it is exposed to extreme cold, your pump can freeze, which can cause it to stop working. If you don’t, it could flood your entire cellar and possibly your ground floor too!

5. Fix any existing leaks NOW…. while you still can!

If you notice a leak, or something not quite right in your plumbing – get it fixed now! For example, if you’ve noticed a leaky tap, get it sorted straight away to get those pipes ready for the winter.

We hope our top tips and tricks help you this winter! Remember, for all the parts you could possibly need, visit HPS.