With winter approaching, many homeowners worry that the cold weather may cause plumbing problems.
Blocked drainage systems, dysfunctional heating systems, and broke and corroded pipes are a few of the most common plumbing problems that you may experience this winter. Here are a few tips that you can do at home to prevent a plumbing mishap.
1. Worried about your pipes freezing? Run a small amount of water through your pipes daily. With water flowing through your pipes, it’s less likely to turn to ice.
2. Wrap internal and external pipes with heat tapes to keep your plumbing system insulated. Do not forget to check the pipes that are in the cold areas of the house. They need as much attention as outdoor pipes.
3. Keep your heating on, especially if you are leaving for vacation! Hot air circulation is an efficient way to prevent frozen pipes. The temperature should be maintained above 55 degrees Fahrenheit and ventilation should be closed to prevent fresh breezes and snow from entering.
4. Check drainage systems. Water drainage systems must be monitored during the winter season. Snow can congest drainage lines, so remember to clean or remove any obstruction. Otherwise, you could find floods or water inside.
5. Have frozen pipes? Defrost your pipes by a wrapping the affected areas with hot towels, and using heating devices such as heat lamps or electric hair dryers, and applying bottles filled with hot water to the pipes.
If these methods do not solve the problem, contact your trusted Calgary plumber for professional help. We have better experience in this field and can save you a lot of time and money.