While winters in some areas can often be mild, Canton’s rarely are. Harsh winters and the abundance of snow and consistent freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on your home’s plumbing system. Preparing your home for the winter months is crucial when trying to protect your plumbing and prevent frozen pipes.
While our skilled Roto-Rooter Canton plumbing professionals are always here to help, there are often times when routine home plumbing repairs and maintenance can be done yourself. Follow these simple tips when winterizing your home plumbing this season:
Open your Faucets
Keep the water flowing. Even the slightest trickle of water from your faucets can help to prevent the water from freezing in your pipes. Opening your faucets even slightly will stop the pressure from building up and prevent a potential freeze situation. Allowing the water to flow from your faucets during the cold winter months can help you to avoid extensive damage and costly repairs from a leak or burst.
Protect Your Pipes
Protecting your plumbing from the harsh winter weather is crucial when trying to prevent frozen pipes this season. Sound intimidating? Insulating your pipes can be easily done on your own. Simply purchase insulation sleeves from your local hardware store (the sleeves specifically designed for water supply pipes) and apply to your exposed pipes. The sleeves will provide the added protection and warmth your pipes need to avoid a potential freezing situation. Frozen pipes can lead to bursts which can cause an immediate plumbing emergency. When looking to insulate your pipes, thoroughly examine those rooms that are most exposed to the cold, including basements, garages, below sinks and in your laundry room. To understand more about your home’s plumbing see Roto-Rooter’s helpful tips and online resources.
Keep Your Home Heated
Keeping your home set to no lower than 55 degrees during the winter can prevent your pipes from freezing. Check your thermostats to make sure they are working properly. Examine the vents throughout your home to make sure they are not blocked by furniture or rugs which can impede air flow.
If you have a room that never seems to get warm, examine your door and window seals to find the source for the draft or escaping heat. Small space heaters can also be effective in warming up a cold room.
Insulated pipes can only do so much if your rooms aren’t able to get warm.
Rooms that have exposed pipes (including unfinished basements) especially need warm air. Use your space heater to warm up cold areas including inside vanity and kitchen cabinets. Allow the warm air to circulate around pipes whenever the temperature drops well below freezing.
Call a Roto-Rooter Plumbing Professional
From water pressure issues and plumbing installations to more advanced service and repairs, there are times when DIY isn’t an option and a Roto-Rooter plumbing professional is needed.
Roto-Rooter offers more than 80 years of experience in the plumbing industry. We understand that plumbing emergencies can happen at any time which is why we are available when you need us most. Our skilled plumbing professionals are available for service calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – including holidays. Call Roto-Rooter for plumbing service and expertise that you can count on. We are equipped to handle all of your residential plumbing needs.
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