Winter is coming. Be proactive this fall so you and your pipes can prepare for the sudden drop in temperature. If you wait and your pipes burst, then you’ll have to call Knight Plumbing for repairs. Follow these fall plumbing maintenance tips so the piping in your Boise home is safe and sound this holiday season.
The Hose Goes
Be sure to remove all hoses from their spigots on the outside of
your home. This will help prevent water freezing and burst pipes in your home. According to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, burst pipes are one of the most common causes of property damage during frigid weather and can cause thousands in water damage.
Warm up the Pipes
Areas where the heat doesn’t reach the pipes are prone to freezing and bursting. This is an easy thing to overlook because they are located in crawl spaces, garages, and outdoor storage closets. Luckily you can use things like heating cables, heating cords, heating tape, and insulation to warm up your pipes.
Get Your Mind in the Gutter
Time to put on your gloves and clean out the gutter. Gutters can become backed up and clogged from rainfall, leaves, and roof debris. Your gutter enables all of the snow and rain to drain into safe areas. Unless you are wanting to spend some money on flood restoration, I’d get to work on clearing that out now.
Change the Water Heater Settings
Although cold showers have many benefits I wouldn’t go as far as taking one right after coming home from a chilly day. In the colder months, your water heater ‘breaks a sweat’ delivering hot water on demand. Make sure that it is set to 120 degrees so it works properly and delivers warm water efficiently.
Leaving for the Holidays?
Please don’t come back to a flooded home. Have a local plumbing company like Knight Plumbing in Boise come in and check for leaks. Drain your facets and shut off your water valve before you go too. If you have some questionable piping in your home, then have a friend stop by every now and then to check on your home.
A little bit of home maintenance goes a long way. Don’t be intimidated by the list, instead think of it as a way to prevent any plumbing emergencies. In the event that you find yourself in one, then your local Boise plumbers can come any time of day and fix the issue. At Knight Plumbing, our customers are our #1 priority. We don’t want you to have plumbing problems right before the holidays hit. Give us a call for preventative maintenance and leak repairs.