Avoid Plumbing Disasters That Will Damage Your Home
The temperatures are dropping as fall is beginning to roll in. It is during this vital time that homeowners should be prepared for colder weather by ensuring all household plumbing is working as expected. Here are three household plumbing disasters to look out for.
Frozen or Broken Pipes
Although there is some time before winter, frozen and broken pipes are common during during periods of cold, so they should be watched out for early on. Cold outside air can damage pipes in parts of the home that are not well insulated, like beneath sinks and in crawlspaces.
Frozen and broken pipes can turn into major loss of water if not treated, which can be very costly. In order to prepare for this during the fall months, put pipe sleeves on bare pipes to insulate them and keep the house at a warm temperature at all times.
All plumbing systems are at risk for clogs, however, most stopped-up sinks drains are an easy fix. With the right tools, water can be seeping through easily again in no time. Stubborn clogs can be very irritating and a hassle.
If a clog cannot be cleared after a few tries, it is important to call a professional, as too much force on pipes can cause permanent damage.
Damaged Hot Water Heater
Hot water heaters are one of life’s necessary evils. They are expensive, but also required. It is typically a big problem when a hot water heater fails. If hot water heaters are not cared for properly, they are more likely to fail.
Some causes of harm to hot water heaters are neglect, high water pressure, internal rust, and improper sizing of the device in comparison with the size of the house. During the fall months, get the tank drained and cleaned. This will remove any sediment and buildup that the heater may have. Again, this is important to do before heading into winter.
It is important to watch out for these home disasters during the fall months before heading into winter. Preventative maintenance and some care for the home are likely to avert disaster.
Remember to keep up with a regular maintenance schedule. Call Heidler Plumbing at (410) 268-7191 to get your Annapolis home inspected.