With winter on the way, now is the time to make sure that your plumbing is in good shape. Even though freezing temperatures aren’t common in the San Antonio area, your pipes and other fixtures can develop problems from cooler weather. Use the following list of plumbing checkup tasks this fall, so you can reduce your risk of having problems during the winter months.
- Protect pipes from the cold. Outdoor pipes and pipes that run along exterior walls in your home are vulnerable to cold temperatures. If these temperatures drop low enough, you could end up with frozen pipes. When your pipes freeze, they can burst due to pressure inside them, which can result in significant water damage to your home. Consider insulating these pipes to shield them from colder temperatures.
- Look for leaky outdoor faucets. The combination of increased water pressure and water leakage can lead to serious flooding on your property this winter. Check all of your outdoor faucets for any signs of leaks, and get these leaks fixed as soon as you can. This helps protect your property from major water problems during winter.
- Check your gutter system. Your home’s gutters and downspouts should be free of debris, so that water can flow through them without building up or freezing and causing an ice dam. If it’s been awhile since you’ve had your gutters cleaned, take time to clear away fallen leaves, twigs, and other debris inside them.
- Store your garden hose. If you normally don’t use your garden hose during winter, put it away in a safe area. Leaving your hose outside in the cold can cause water in it to freeze, which can result in damage to your faucet and pipes.
- Drain your hot water heater. Sediment can accumulate in the bottom of your hot water heater, affecting its performance and decreasing its lifespan. Flush your hot water heater during fall to eliminate this sediment and ensure that your home has plenty of hot water this winter.
If you’re ready to schedule a plumbing checkup for your San Antonio home, please contact Beyer Boys today.