Posted on 10/21/2013

Cold weather can cause severe damage to your plumbing. As a result, before the temperature really starts to drop this fall, you should make sure that your plumbing is ready. This includes inspecting outdoor pipes as well as cleaning your water heater, in addition to other tasks. To get more tips on preparing your plumbing for the fall season, talk to a plumbing professional or continue reading.

Town of Newton

Maintain Exterior Plumbing
When the temperature outside falls, residual water left in garden hoses can freeze, damaging water spigots. To prevent this issue from occurring, roll up any hoses and store them in a shed or garage until the springtime. Afterwards, put freeze caps on all of your outdoor spigots, since they are sensitive to cold temperatures. While you are outside, look for any cracks or leaks in plumbing fixtures, and call a plumber if you notice any damage.

Clean Water Heater
Water heaters work overtime in the fall and winter months to keep the water in the house nice and hot, so before the cold weather season comes, you should give your water heater a thorough cleaning. To do this, connect a hose to the heater’s drain valve and drain all water from the tank into an appropriate receptacle. Afterwards, clean out any mineral deposits that may have collected on the bottom of the tank. Finally, refill the tank and make sure the pressure relief valve is working properly.

Insulate Piping
A pipe bursting during the wintertime is a situation that no homeowner wants to deal with. To keep this from happening at your house, you should carefully insulate any piping that is exposed to the outdoors. Depending on your preferences, you can use either fiberglass or sleeve insulation to wrap pipes, which are both effective at preventing leaks.

If you need help getting your plumbing ready this season, call Arrow Plumbing, Inc. We service the Libertyville area and are dedicated to providing outstanding customer service. Visit our website or call us at (888) 349-8161 today for more information about our services.