Winter Home Plumbing Tips

03 Jan. 20

Simple Winter Home Plumbing Tips

Winter can be harsh for your home plumbing system in Canada. If the plumbing system gets damaged in winter, you could face difficulty in repairing them in freezing temperature. The damage in the plumbing system can also lead to floods in your home. As the season changes, you need to pay attention to your home plumbing system, so that it doesn’t get damaged and works properly during the winter. Paying extra attention to your home’s plumbing will save you from huge spendings for repairs. You will have to prepare your home plumbing system for the winter.

Insulate Pipes

Before the winter arrives, you should buy thick-layered insulation for your home pipes to wrap it around. The insulation tubes are made of fibreglass or polyethylene. You can buy the insulation pipes from a hardware store, or you can order them online. The insulation will help to keep your home plumbing system warm in the winter. You can give your pipes extra-protection by wrapping them with heat-tape before applying insulation.

Fix the Cracks

Fixing the exterior cracks in the walls will help to lower the risk of frozen pipes on low-temperature nights. The exterior cracks in the wall help the air to seep in and affect the temperature of the pipes. The cold air seeping in through the cracks may lead to freezing the pipes. So you fix up the cracks by simply locating them and filling them with the help of caulking or foam insulation. 

Maintain Water Heater

Have a maintenance check of your water heater before winter. The water heater is a component of your home plumbing system that you don’t want to get damaged in this season. A maintenance check will save you from facing any sudden issues like water heater leakage. Inspect the tank for any rust or corrosion, drain the tank and adjust the temperature. You can do this by your self or you can call plumbing service providers to do it for you.

Insulate Windows and Garage Doors

Windows in the basement, garage doors and crawl spaces in your home also make way for the air to seep in and make contact with the pipes. The cold air seeping in can make your pipes freeze and can lead to burst if the temperature gets lower. It would be best if you insulated these spaces to save your pipes from freezing.

Drip the Faucets

When it is forecasted that the temperature is going to drop below the freezing, you should keep your faucets on dripping. When the faucets are allowed to drip the pressure that builds up in the pipe is eliminated. This will help to prevent pipe bursting.

These are very simple tips that you can follow to keep your home plumbing system safe and secure from freezing. The home plumbing system will survive the winter without any plumbing issue.