Here's what your Bothell, Washington, plumber wants you to know about prepping your home for these colder months.
Winter weather can be unpredictable. With climate change on the rise, you never know what you're going to get - no matter what state you live in. This year, more states are experiencing milder winters with less snow and lower winds. In Bothell, Washington winters still might be dark and dreary, but they might not be as bad as the past.
However, that doesn't mean homeowners should skip prepping their homes for colder seasons. Our plumbers at Roto-Rooter are both experienced and knowledgeable in ensuring your house and plumbing stays in tip-top shape, no matter the forecast. Here are four ways to winterize your plumbing your Bothell, Washington plumber wants you to know about:
1. Shield your pipes
When it comes to cold air protection, there's no fixture that needs it more than your pipes. One of the biggest issues during winter weather is frozen pipes. If your water supply pipes aren't insulated, the water inside can freeze, putting too much pressure on the pipes themselves. The pressure from the water freezing and expanding can eventually cause pipes to burst. This can create expensive and extensive water damage in your home, which is the last thing you want to happen in the dead of winter.
2. Run your faucets
In addition to insulation, there are other precautions you can take to help prevent frozen pipes and winterize your plumbing. One of those steps is to run your water systems. By making sure every faucet, hose and showerhead located along outside walls runs at a trickle during extremely cold periods, you lessen the pipes' chances of freezing. Survey your home to make sure you don't miss any of them.
If you're heading out on vacation, have someone keep an eye on your house, inside and out, every day and do what you would do to protect your pipes if you were home. That way, you won't return from your trip to frozen pipes or, worse, systems that have burst and a huge mess to clean.
3. Check your heating
Insulation can only take you so far. Another great way to winterize your plumbing is make sure your home heating system is working properly. If your house's heating system doesn't work properly, it's always going to be cold in your home. Before winter gets too cold, make sure the hot air is circulating properly in every room. Hold your hand up to each vent to feel the air pressure. The stronger the heat, the more it will work as an additional insulation for your plumbing fixtures. Keep the temperature set to no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Also, be sure to take a look around the house. Are any rugs or furniture blocking the air vents? Move them to get the most out of your heat.
4. Call Us Today
Sometimes you take preventative action in your home, but it just isn't enough. Whether you have a problem insulating your pipes or you're dealing with an already-frozen one, your Bothell, WA Roto-Rooter plumbers have your back. We'll send an experienced plumber to take a look at whatever you have going on and fix the problem before it gets too chilly out. And if the worst occurs and a pipe bursts, we can take care of water cleanup problems too. Call 425-881-8073 now to schedule an appointment or to discuss any plumbing problems that your home may have.
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