Winter is fast approaching, and unfortunately, the cold weather invites many potential plumbing problems into your home. As frustrating as it is, the colder months are generally when your hot water system starts to experience problems, yet it’s when you need hot water more than ever! With Winter just around the corner, it’s essential to make sure you are prepared for when the cooler nights hit. Let’s face it; there is nothing pleasant about waking up to cold Winter mornings and having a cold shower. While plumbing tips can vary depending on where you live, the below will indicate some helpful starting points when preparing for Winter.
First things first, contact an experienced plumber
During cool temperatures, water in your pipes are quick to freeze. Therefore, getting on the front foot and preparing your pipes for Winter before the temperature starts to drop is essential. To avoid being stuck with cold showers or exposed to dangerous plumbing issues, it is essential to have your plumbing assessed by an experienced plumber.
Only a professional plumber will know the right steps to ensure all aspects of your plumbing have been thoroughly assessed. Plumbers receive an influx of enquiries when the temperatures start to drop, so to avoid the Winter rush, it’s important that you schedule a service early.
Are you prepared for the Winter chill?
When it comes to preparing for the Winter chill, a plumber will likely do the following:
1. Inspect your hot water heater
In the middle of Winter, even one night without hot water can be a nightmare for you and your family. To avoid having to experience this inconvenience first-hand, we advise having your hot water heater inspected, especially if your tank is a few years old. A sign of an ageing tank is brown water coming from the hot water tank. If you spot signs of brown water, contact a plumber immediately to have this fixed.
2. Check that your gutters, downpipes and drains are clear before the onset of winter
Heavy rains can easily overwhelm blocked gutters and downpipes, especially in late Autumn when they are full of leaves and debris. The trick is to have them cleared and cleaned up, so they are working effectively and efficiently. Drains can also become blocked with leaves and debris from surrounding trees. In addition, try to avoid pouring oil and fats down your sink, as these can also contribute to drains becoming blocked.
3. Roof leaking
In the lead-up to Winter, it’s essential to check your roof for any signs of leaking. Leaks can often happen at the seams or where the roof joins flashing or guttering. Clogged gutters may cause leaks, missing or cracked shingles, a damaged roof vent, a leaking skylight or a punctured roof valley.
4. Fix any leaks
Whatever the cause, fixing leaks is a priority at any time of the year. However, during Winter, it is even more essential to fix leaks. Excess moisture from leaks causes mould to develop, especially if the leak is detected somewhere dark and inaccessible. Therefore, it is essential that you check under the sink for leaking taps and ensure you call a plumber before any damage is caused.
5. Inspect your pipes
Winter can have a negative effect on your pipes especially. Insulating your pipes prevents them from splitting or freezing water, which is particularly important for areas with low temperatures.
The highly experienced team at David Frith Quality Plumbing can conduct a winter maintenance check on your home today to ensure you stay warm and dry throughout winter. To book a maintenance, contact us today on 02 9521 8197.