This is the time of year when many people enjoy spending time together and sharing their homes and dinner tables.
Staying warm indoors is the priority for most folks this time of the year. With the holiday season and winter break from school – there are plenty of reasons to be cozy inside and spending quality time with friends and family.
There are also plenty of reasons to make sure that your plumbing system is protected. This is the time of year when a broken pipe will quickly lead to disaster in your home – and expensive repairs.
Luckily, there are some things that you can do to make sure that your plumbing system is protected from the cold winter weather. The great thing is, most of the things on this list are super easy and won’t cost you much.
Here are a few things that you can try to make sure that your home is protected this winter:
- Have your water heater serviced if it hasn’t been in the last year. If it’s been more than three years – you should have your water heater looked at sooner than later. Since your water heater gets used around the clock all year long – and is under greater pressure to perform during the winter – having it properly serviced is key
- Put a space heater in the areas of your home where there is plumbing but, the heat doesn’t quite reach. In older homes, depending on the heat source, there may be back bathrooms or utility rooms where the heat doesn’t reach. For those areas, a little eletric space heater can be super helpful.
- Keep the cabinets in your kitchen and bathrooms open so that the heat from your heater or fireplace can warm the pipes easily. If you have an older home that is especially drafty, consider wrapping your plumbing in heat tape or insulating to provide an extra bit of protection.
Make sure that you and your family are cozy for the rest of this winter – and are able to avoid any kind of major plumbing disaster – by following these simple tips for protecting your plumbing system.