As soon as the cold weather hits, our London Ontario based plumbing service gets flooded with calls to fix routine winter related plumbing problems. However, there are things you can do to avoid having to call a plumber and it could save you some money. Below is a list of things you can do to prevent winter plumbing problems. We’ll also provide some advice concerning when you might want to contact a professional plumber.
If you want to prevent your outdoor pipes from cracking this winter, you need to take action well before the temperature drops. While the weather is still warm, turn off any outside water by using the shut-off valves that are usually located in your basement or under sinks near the outside wall. This will prevent your pipes from freezing over the winter, and in turn prevent them from cracking.
Can’t find your shut-offs? Contact BEST for professional assistance in this situation. BEST Plumbing and Drainage can quickly and affordably identify your shut-off locations and install new valves if required.
As for your indoor pipes, the solution is pretty simple. Simply maintain an inside temperature above 13 degrees during the winter. This applies even if you are away from home. Since London winters tend to get pretty chilly, these low temperatures are hardly a stretch. If you have any pipes located in a cabinet near an outside wall, remember to open the cabinets at night. This will let warmer air circulate around the pipes and help avoid unwanted freezing. Insulating your pipes is also an option.
Contact your London Ontario plumbing service if you notice a drop in your water pressure. Freezing pipes are the most common cause of low water pressure during the winter months. A frozen pipe, more often than not, leads to a burst pipe. Contact a BEST for help at the first sign of an issue with your plumbing. This is definitely a situation that will require the help of a professional.
If your water heater performs efficiently, it can save you money during the winter. Be sure to check the area around the water heater, ensuring it is warm as possible. Also, check anything near the water heater that could cause a draft to form, for example open windows, doors, crawl spaces, or missing insulation. Caulk around windows, close off crawl spaces, and beef up the insulation if need be.
Contact a London Ontario plumber if your water heater is malfunctioning or showing signs of wear and tear. The only thing worse than waking up on a cold winter morning is a freezing cold shower on a cold morning!
Before it snows, check your drainage areas to ensure that they are not blocked with leaves. After it snows, perform the same check except this time make sure that the drainage areas are not restricted by snow or ice. If the drainage area remains blocked, water could back up and flood the basement or the discharge line could freeze and crack.
Already experiencing basement issues? Contact the plumbing professionals at BEST for fast and efficient maintenance service.
BEST Plumbing and Drainage offers a variety of services for all your plumbing needs. We offer 24 hour emergency service as well as a wealth of resources on our website for various plumbing issues. If you have a plumbing problem, make BEST your London Ontario plumbing service!