Winter has arrived in Edmonton, and so have the chances of severe plumbing failures. Cold breezes and snow can affect the efficiency and quality of your home plumbing located even in the extreme corners of your house. But, the good news is that you can avoid adverse winter plumbing problems such as freezing pipes and less hot water with the help of simple tricks and tactics. Here are a few winter plumbing tips to prevent your home plumbing from failing this winter.
- Unclog your plumbing fixtures and remove mineral deposits if any. Unscrew your faucets and showerheads and soak them in vinegar for 2-3 hours. Remove them and scrub with a soft brush to remove the debris and minerals deposited on the inside as well as outside the fixtures. Wipe the fixtures with a clean cloth and screw them back in their respective places. These deposits can freeze and become difficult to clean.
- Your water heater works harder in winters hence, reduce the stress by flushing out the sediments. Drain and flush your water heater before winter arrives.
- Increase the temperature of your water heater by a few degrees to get enough hot water. To avoid scalding, do not set the temperature that exceeds 50°C.
- Insulate your water heater’s tank and 2-3 feet of pipes connected to it with an insulating jacket or blanket available in general stores. Insulating your water heater can reduce heat loss from the tank and pipes in winter and lower the water heating costs.
- Repair all the cracks and leaks from the faucets, plumbing joints, and plumbing pipes before the cold winter starts. Cracks and holes can allow the cold temperature to penetrate the plumbing system and freeze them.
- Don’t pour fats or cooking oils down your kitchen drain. These greasy substances can solidify in winter and clog the kitchen drains and pipes.
- Insulate your visible pipes to prevent them from freezing. Frozen pipes can also lead to bursts due to thermal expansion of water.
- Avoid pipes from freezing and bursting by turning off the valve that controls the tap for your garden hose. This will avoid water entering the hose and freezing.
- Inspect and clean the sump pump and the pit in which it is located before winters. Your sump pump can also freeze in winter and stop working effectively.
- Similarly, clean and clear the septic tank, and sewer line. The waste and dirty water can freeze due to the cold temperature of the ground and stop flowing out normally. This can create sewer line clogs and backflows.
Follow these winter plumbing tips so that you don’t have to face difficulties using your home plumbing in the cold weather. In case your plumbing system, fixtures, or appliances are already on the verge of breaking down due to extreme cold, call our experienced plumbers in Edmonton. We will be there to rescue your plumbing system immediately with the best and fastest repairs to survive.