Preparing your home’s plumbing for the winter

Preparing your home’s plumbing for the winter

Winter is now upon us and there is nothing worse than having your house feeling cold during these months when all you want is to be cosy and warm. If your home’s plumbing isn’t prepared for the winter your water could freeze in the pipes causing them to break which would cause significant damage to walls, ceilings and floors in your home. These problems would be inconvenient and costly.

Here are a few things you should try to check this winter:

Set your thermostat –
If you leave your home during the day, set your thermostat at a constant temperature, perhaps around 25 degrees. This may seem wasteful but repairing a broken pipe is much more expensive than your heating bill will be.

Fix leaks –
Be sure to take a walk around the whole of the interior and exterior of your house to check for leaks. If you wait for the water to freeze before fixing the leak, the damage around the pipes will be much more significant. If you have pipes that are in insulation, you can still check for leaks by feeling for moisture that may have built up.

Warning signs –
If your water pressure begins to drop constantly, this is the first sign of a broken pipe. Check all outlets in the morning and evening to see if the water pressure is consistent. If a pipe appears to be frozen you can thaw it out by using a hair dryer or heating pads.

Disconnect outside hoses –
Pipes outside get exposed to the most extreme temperatures; therefore they are most likely to freeze. Make sure that you drain all the water from sprinkler supplies or hoses so that they don’t get damaged. Where possible put them in a dry place for the winter until they are needed again.

Preparing your home plumbing for the winter is important so keep an eye out for anything unusual!

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