The best part of plumbing services is employing them preemptively so you don’t need to call an emergency plumber. Fortunately, we have 24-hour plumbers available for both emergencies and regular repair calls, so you don’t have to worry.
Preventative plumbing can save you a lot of time and money, so it’s in your best interest to get ahead of the game before winter hits. It’s a tough season for a few aspects of plumbing and, let’s just say that affordable plumbing and emergency plumbing are not synonymous. You’ll want to avoid these common plumbing problems that come with the winds of winter.
Check that water heater
When the outside temperature gets colder, so does your water heater. This won’t make your water heater stop working, but it will render it much less efficient, which will end up costing you more in energy bills. The room where you keep your water heater should be well-insulated to avoid this problem. You can even have the water heater itself insulated, but this is something that comes with a fire hazard risk and should be installed by a professional plumber.
Mind your pipes
The main leak repairs we see every winter are caused by frozen pipes cracking or bursting. People don’t know how easy it is to avoid frozen pipes until they’re neck deep in leak repair as soon as the temperature dips below freezing. Start by insulating your pipes, the supplies for which you can get at any home improvement store; it’s a very easy DIY preemptive strike against needing leak repairs. Beyond that, keep your home’s internal temperature above 55 degrees and be sure to monitor the weather to adjust for those abnormally freezing nights.
Call the pros
Another interesting one to note is that it’s the holiday season. With larger surges of guests, toilets and kitchen sinks get more action than they’re accustomed to. Clogged drains and leaky toilets are common holiday plumbing issues. There are always rogue problems that are difficult to predict, so when you’re having plumbing issues, be sure to call the pros before a problem evolves from a drip to a deluge.
The EPA estimates that the average household leak can account for more than 10,000 gallons of wasted water every year. You don’t want that. So, don’t let wintertime catch your household plumbing off guard.