3 Ways To Prepare Your Plumbing For Winter

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Winter can be harsh, and it can be the worst time of the year to deal with plumbing problems. That's why it's a good idea to take care of a few tasks and prepare your home for winter. Here are three things you can do to make sure your plumbing system works well throughout the winter.

Disconnect Hoses 

Like many people, as summer winds down, you may leave your hoses attached to the water fixtures on your house. You might not know this, but attached hoses can cause a problem in the winter. Water that is left in the hose can freeze and create pressure inside your home's water lines. That can cause a leak, or more serious problems for your water lines. 

To avoid this, simply remove any hoses that are still attached to water fixtures, and store the hoses away until spring.

Insulate Your Pipes

One of the worst things that can happen in the winter is your pipes freezing when the temperature drops. If your pipes freeze, no water comes out of your sinks or shower heads. You may not be able to flush your toilet. This is very inconvenient, but worse than that, one of your pipes can burst. If that happens, it is very expensive to repair, and you may suffer some property damage as well.

To make sure that doesn't happen, it is vital that you insulate your pipes so they do not freeze. There are a number of ways to do that. You can wrap your pipes with heat tape, or you can purchase pre-cut foam sleeves to slip around your pipes so they are no longer exposed.

Have Your Septic Tank Pumped

If you have a septic tank, you probably know it needs to be pumped and cleaned, but you may not have done it in a while. To get ready for winter, having your tank pumped is crucial.

A septic tank that isn't pumped will accumulate waste until it eventually overflows onto your lawn or backs up into your house. The result can be a disgusting, smelly mess. If the tank overflows into your lawn or backyard, it can ruin your soil; in the winter, the overflowing sludge can freeze, making it harder to clean up.

Therefore, making time to get your septic tank pumped by a professional, like First Class Plumbing of Florida Inc., is an important task to do if you want to be prepared for the winter months.

Be sure to use the information above to help you prepare the plumbing in your house for winter. You can also contact a plumber to make sure everything is working properly; some plumbers offer free plumbing checkups for just this reason. You'll be able to set your mind at ease, knowing that you are unlikely to have plumbing problems this winter.

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