Cold Dover winters can lead to plumbing problems in your home. Failing to taken preventive measures could lead to serious damage that could cost thousands of dollars to fix. To avoid winter plumbing problems, review these tips.
- Clean out drains and gutters – Clogs that prevent water from draining properly can lead to a buildup of ice. When debris builds up in gutters and ice forms, the added weight can cause gutters to break. To keep yourself from having to replace gutters, take some time to clear out leaves and other debris from gutters and drains around your home.
- Add insulation – Pipes are more likely to burst when the temperature falls below freezing. Not only is it important to check pipes as winter weather approaches, but it’s also essential to add insulation to exterior pipes for added protection. Check pipes inside your home for cracks, as these can be indicative of freezing.
- Take care when cooking – The oil and grease that’s left over after cooking can solidify in pipes. This problem is particularly prevalent when pipes are already cold. Avoid discarding this oil and grease down pipes. Running water after you’ve discarded oil or grease can help to keep grease from solidifying in one area to block the pipe.
- Keep your winter travel plans in mind – Pipes may be in danger of freezing while you’re traveling this winter. When you’re away, you may leave the heat off and the fact that water isn’t running through the pipes contributes to the likelihood of winter plumbing problems. If you’re traveling for more than a week, have a professional drain your pipes.
When you want to avoid winter plumbing problems, consulting with a professional plumber is one of the most important steps to take. Contact Victory · Heating · Air Conditioning · Plumbing for all of your plumbing needs this winter. V is for Victory and preventing vulnerability this winter.
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