Two Ways To Avoid Expensive Plumbing Repairs This Winter

Bathroom plumbing

The first day of winter is December 21. Unfortunately, most U.S. states will see their fair share of snow before the official start of the season (and some states already have). What does that mean? That means it is time for you to carefully winterize your plumbing. In order to keep the winter months comfortable and stress-free, it is absolute critical to winterize residential plumbing. Here’s what you need to do.

Protect Outdoor Plumbing

Plumbing services and repairs are very important. Leaving leaky pipes and faucets broken can cost thousands in the long-run — and it can cost homeowners even more if leaky pipes and faucets go unfettered during frigid winter months. Why? Even small droplets of water on the surface of outdoor plumbing can (and often will) freeze over; once this happens, the ice can easily travel through pipes — and frozen pipes can crack, or even burst. Make sure to disconnect any outdoor hoses, carefully and fully turn off any outdoor faucets, and cover outdoor plumbing if necessary. Be on the lookout for signs of malfunctioning or frozen pipes. Low and/or sporadic water pressure is one of the most notable signs of a problem. Plumbing leak detection products can also help you easily and conveniently keep plumbing working at its best this winter.

Don’t Mess With The Thermostat (Too Much)

It may be tempting to turn the thermostat down low when you’re not home to save on heating and energy bills, but this can actually turn into a huge mistake. Plumbing maintenance and plumbing repair services are called in to fix a considerable number of pipes after homeowners turn down the heat too low, leave for a weekend, and come back to frozen plumbing. Even if you are going away for the weekend — or longer — keep the thermostat at a minimum of 55 degrees to keep pipes intact and in working order.

Avoid plumbing and water heater repair this winter by carefully covering outdoor plumbing, disconnecting outdoor hoses, using plumbing leak detection services or products, and keeping the thermostat no longer than 55 degrees. Remember — if you neglect these tips — it costs an average of $353 to hire one of the 715,387 plumbers in the U.S. Get more here:

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