The summer has passed us by and now as we enter into the colder months it is best that we prepare our home and ourselves for the winter. The wintertime can be particularly harsh on our plumbing. That is why it is so important that we make sure that we are doing our prevention work before it is too late.
Some of the problems that can arise during the winter are oil line freezing, noisy pipes, outside kitchen sink freezing as well as other exposed pipes freezing, and heating the house appropriately. There are some simple things that we can do to make sure that our plumbing is all ready for the winter and the cold
Oil lines can freeze because of the water that is in the pipes, and to prevent this might be a pretty big and messy job so you might want to hire professional plumbers to help out. You want to make sure that your oil tank doesn’t have any water or residue in it, as well as make sure that your pipes are properly insulated.
If you live in a pretty cold climate it is always best to talk to your plumbers about pipe insulation. Most of the time this is done when they are first installed but it might be smart to call in a professional to make sure that the insulation is good and that it will continue to prevent the pipes from freezing.
Sometimes it is hard to identify why your pipes might be noisy. A plumber would be able to inspect your plumbing before the winter to make sure that everything is working properly and that their aren’t anything like steam traps causing it.
Most homes have sinks positioned under or by a window so that you can look out and see your backyard. This can actually increase your chances of your sinks freezing. Sometimes a simple solution to this is opening your cabinet door to allow the heat from your home to heat the pipes and prevent freezing, but if this doesn’t help you might have to call in a plumber to see what further things can be done.
If you have exposed pipes they can do more than just freeze over, you also have a large chance that they will burst. Something you can do yourself is to make sure that you have all the seams taped up and try to cover what you can of them, you can even find heat tape for them. You’ll also want to bring in a plumber to make sure that the pipes are properly insulated.
Depending on what type of heater you have, you can do a lot of different things to make sure that they are working and ready for the winter. Bring in a professional to make sure that all the maintenance work is done and that your heater is up and running.