Home plumbing issues is something that you can easily avoid when taking certain precautions and doing proper maintenance.
Here are some of the things that you can do to avoid plumbing problems:
Regularly Check for Leaks
You have to remember that even the smallest leaks can lead to serious flooding if left untreated. The damage can cause costly repair. Thus, it is best to check the exterior walls, unheated basements, garages and crawl spaces, especially areas that have inadequate insulation. Remember, minimal to no insulation leaves the pipes more vulnerable to harmful elements. Thus, they are more prone to crack and leak. You need to get in touch with professional plumbers to routinely check these out for you. They can help assess hard to reach areas and gives you an overview on how to prepare and maintain your plumbing especially during the wet season.
Drain and Insulate
By draining and insulating all outdoor faucets and pipes in your home plumbing system, you can prevent any water from being trapped in those areas which can freeze, expand then cause breakage and leaks. You will be able to avoid dealing with this by securing the exterior pipes.
Weatherproof Problematic Areas
Check for areas that has exposed plumbing. You need to make sure that the doorways, vent fans and windows have tight seals. In case they are loose, you can fix it with caulking to prevent the home plumbing from freezing. Make sure to repair cracked windows that can affect the interior temperature.
Insulate Unprotected Pipelines
Make sure your pipes are properly insulated so that they can withstand against the cold air. You can do this by installing foam tubing around the pipes, which allows the water heater to retain the heat. It can also help decrease energy bills. Exposed pipes that are near electrical sources needs to be insulated with electrical heating tape. This helps generate enough heat to make sure that the pipes do not freeze.
Insulate Indoor Pipes
Don’t forget about the indoor plumbing. These can also freeze during cold seasons. It is best to expose the indoor pipes to the home heater to insulate them. And if you plan to leave the house for a long period of time, then you need to set your thermostat for at least 55 F. You can also let your faucet drip when the outside temperature goes below 30 F to help prevent the pipes from bursting.