Post by einstein on Dec 26, 2013 22:15:02 GMT
Hello, I am here to answer any plumbing related questions you may have.
Buurrrrrr.....It's mighty cold out there. Let's take a look at 10 good tips to prevent bursting pipes and for keeping your plumbing up to par in the winter months:
*Locate your main shut-off valve! (Usually near the water heater and washing machine hookup). Don't wait until you have a bursted pipe or an emergency!
*Disconnect outside water hoses. If left connected during freezing temperatures, water in hoses will freeze and expand causing connecting faucets and pipes to freeze and break.
* Inspect outside faucets. If dripping or leaking, make the necessary repairs or call a plumber before a freeze.
* Cover outside faucets using an inexpensive faucet insulation kit.
* Insulate pipes in unheated areas. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables around exposed pipes.
* Make sure your furnace is set no lower than 13C (55F) degrees during the winter to prevent pipes from freezing. Note that when pipes freeze, water pressure builds causing cracks, whether the pipe is made of plastic, copper or steel. Even a tiny crack can unleash 250 gallons of water in a single day.
* Your water heater works harder during winter months. Drain corrosion-causing sediment from the tank, which reduces energy efficiency if it's not removed.
* Set water heater thermostat to 49C (120F) for optimum performance without risk of scalding.
* Clear any leaves and debris from roof gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage throughout the winter season.
* Inspect and clean sump pit. Remove any rocks and debris from pit then dump a bucket of water into the sump pit to test the pump. If it turns on and pumps water out then turns itself off, it is operating properly.
*If temperatures are predicted to reach the lows or stay below freezing for long periods of time, leave a trickle of water running continuously from the faucet that is the highest in the house. This trickle should be a steady stream the size of lead in a pencil.
If you have any other questions, I will do my best to answer them for you.