5 Tips to Avoid Winter Plumbing Disasters

Updated: Dec 18, 2018

Plumbing issues always seem to occur at the most inconvenient times — because the most inconvenient times are generally during seasons that put a lot stress on your pipes. Seasonal shifts have the power to push your plumbing system to its breaking point. Every winter we see countless disasters that could have been prevented with these simple tips.

1. Fix home plumbing leaks before its too late

The best time to get leaks repaired is now. Check all of the faucets in your kitchen, bathrooms and utility room for drips and puddles. If you have a leaky faucet, contact Artisan Plumbing Heating & Cooling immediately to get your pipes back in fighting shape.

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2. Drain your water heater

Sediment can build up in your tank, causing rust and leaks to develop inside. This rust can find its way into your drinking, cooking and bathing water. On average, most water heaters will only last for about 10 or so years, and many only come with a 6 year warranty from the manufacturer. If your heater is already rusted or is close to its 10th birthday, consider purchasing a new one before cold weather sets in.

3. Insulate plumbing pipes

When winter temperatures plummet, water can easily freeze inside, causing them to burst. If you are out of the house or unaware of a burst pipe, the results can be unthinkable.

To reduce the possibility of frozen pipes, wrap each of your pipes in foam insulation. You can purchase foam insulation from just about any home improvement store. Cut the tube to the length you need, pull it open and push it over and around your pipe. Use tape to secure it if the foam does not have self-adhesive edges.

4. Close and drain shut-off valves leading outdoors

If you have interior shut off valves leading to outdoor faucets, close them and drain the water from outside lines. Any water that remains in the lines and freezes could cause major damage. Also, think about having frost-proof faucets installed to prevent costly repairs.

5. Lose the garden hose!

Leaving a hose connected outside in winter can cause water left inside to freeze and expand, damaging your faucets and connecting pipes. Even with frost-proof faucets! I can’t tell you how many calls I’ve been on that could have been prevented just by disconnecting the garden hose. So, say no to hefty repair bills and say yes to a hose and fixtures you can enjoy next summer.

Don't let this happen to you

Your winter should be full of cheer and warm family get-togethers, not exploded pipes and leaks that can take days to fix. Prepare and repair your plumbing in advance to avoid costly disasters.

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