As the cold months of winter approach, the fear of frozen pipes and other plumbing problems strike fear into the heart of every homeowner. Since problems caused by the winter season can end up being costly, we’ve made a list of a few plumbing checkup tips that will help keep your home safe.
Store Your Garden Hoses
If you leave your garden hoses outside and there is any water left in them, then this water could freeze and potentially damage the hose. Therefore, first drain the hose to remove as much water as possible, and then keep it stored somewhere away from freezing temperatures.
Check Water Heater Temperature
During the summer and even the fall season, you typically don’t have need to crank your water heater up too high. However, to help keep water from freezing during the winter, you should keep the unit set at 120 degrees.
Insulate Any Exposed Pipes
Pipes that are exposed, whether inside or outside your home, can freeze when it gets especially cold, and may burst in extreme circumstances. Luckily, they make specific types of insulation that you can slip right over any exposed pipes to protect them from the elements.
Cover Your Outdoor Faucets
During the winter, your outdoor faucets are susceptible to freezing up because of condensation that may be present. You can avoid this by picking up a styrofoam faucet cover, available at any hardware store, which will protect it from the elements.
Clean Gutters and Downspouts
Although you might not like the task of cleaning your gutters and downspouts, it is important to remove debris or any other obstructions that could impede the flow of water. If this isn’t taking care of, you could even get into an ice dam situation, which can damage your roof.
By tackling these plumbing checkup tasks, your home will be ready for the winter season. If you’d like additional plumbing tips or have any other types of home comfort concerns, be sure to contact the friendly professionals at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc. We’ve been serving Monmouth and Ocean Counties with honesty and integrity since 1948.