Posted on 3/31/2014

Plumbing problems are common in winter and spring in the Libertyville area. Fortunately, following a few basic plumbing tips can go a long way toward protecting against frozen pipes and sump pump failure. Read below for tips on how to maintain your plumbing system during cold weather.

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Close and Seal Air Voids
Air leaks contribute to higher energy bills and create a less comfortable home in the cold months. Moreover, air leaks can freeze your pipes, which can result in severe water damage. Closing up air leaks will make your home more comfortable and efficient while protecting against plumbing problems. If your home sits on a crawl space, cover the vents by closing them or adding foam board insulation. Keep windows and doors in the basement well insulated as well. If you have any plumbing fixtures in the garage, keep the garage door closed.

Prevent Pipe Freezing
In addition to insulating your pipes, turn your plumbing fixtures to a trickle on freezing-cold nights. As long as a pipe has at least some moving water in it, the pipe will not freeze. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinets to give the pipes in those rooms some extra warmth from the house.

Prepare Your Plumbing System Before You Leave Town
If you are leaving town for an extended period of time, no matter what season it is, prepare your plumbing system by shutting off your home’s main shut-off valve. Whether the weather is cold or hot, forgetting to shut off the water can lead to flooding.

Check Your Sump Pump
Sump pump problems are common during cold weather months. If your sump pump discharge line freezes, the sump pump can continue running until it burns out and fails. A professional plumber will need to cut the PVC pipe where the discharge exits your home, or clear the end of the line.

Arrow Plumbing, Inc. is the Libertyville plumber to contact if you need services this spring. Visit our website to see the plumbing services we offer, and call us at (847) 549-9600 if you have any questions.