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Preparing Your Plumbing System for Winter

The Many Benefits of Pre-Winter Professional Maintenance

When temperatures dramatically drop in winter, it is wise to prepare more than your wardrobe. If you are a homeowner, we recommend ensuring your plumbing is ready for freezing weather. By hiring a professional plumber to perform maintenance and basic TLC on your plumbing system, you can significantly lower the chances of encountering a mid-winter plumbing emergency.

At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Southeast Georgia, our technicians can inspect your entire plumbing system and take care of essential maintenance tasks, such as:

  • Cleaning out drains and gutters
  • Troubleshooting your water heater’s pressure relief valve
  • Checking for leaks and drips
  • Insulating pipes
  • Turning off outdoor faucets
  • Storing water hoses before they freeze
  • And much more!

We understand that the thought of descending into your basement or working in your backyard is far from enticing. Let our technicians come to the rescue. Winters can wreak havoc on plumbing systems. In fact, the second-most-common insurance claim in America is water damage caused by burst pipes. The average price of these claims is not cheap either at $10,000! Avoid dealing with the fickle insurance agent altogether by having a technician ensure your plumbing system is in top condition.

Winter Plumbing Recommendations

Let’s suppose you’ve already hired a professional to perform maintenance on your plumbing system. You have even asked for advice on how to winterize your pipes. Nevertheless, you still want to take extra preventive measures before the thermostat drops during the coldest nights of winter. If so, you’ve come to the right place.

Here are some easy DIY tips to help avoid frozen pipes:

  • Keep your faucets running – This is a timeless solution known and repeated by many property owners. When the temperature dips below freezing, allow a trickle of water to drip from your faucet continuously. Yes, we realize that this is a waste of water. But the costs are minimal compared to a ruptured pipe. By letting your faucet drip, you will actively relieve pressure. This can prove invaluable if standing water in your piping does freeze. There is one exception: If the sink’s drain flows into an exterior wall, be mindful that the drain water might freeze, causing the sink to overflow.
  • Open cabinets beneath sinks This recommendation is so simple it almost sounds silly to mention it at all. That said, it can make a real impact. If possible, leave your bathroom vanity doors open to allow warm indoor air to circulate your pipes. For extra precaution, consider installing a portable heater near the cabinet as well. This basic solution can be a game-changer.
  • Check for drafts – You’ve probably heard of windchill before, correct? Well, like humans, objects lose heat when in contact with the wind. That is why it is critical to prevent drafts from blowing on uninsulated pipes. We can help you locate areas where pipes are exposed and apply an expandable foam to stop cold air before it seeps in.
  • Insulate garages & basements – If your plumbing runs through an unheated basement or garage, we highly recommend insulating the space as thoroughly as possible. Another option is to apply heat tape to your pipes.
  • Leave your heater on during vacation – Turning the heat off entirely when temperatures plummet will put your plumbing system in significant jeopardy. That is why we recommend leaving your furnace running on low and intermittently. Sure, it will expend energy, but a burst pipe will create a more severe and expensive problem.

Professional Plumbers for Durable Solutions

Don’t be shy about calling Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Southeast Georgia to ask any questions. Our friendly, knowledgeable, and highly experienced technicians can help prepare you for winter. We are always ready to inspect your plumbing system and deliver durable solutions. In some instances, re-routing and insulating your pipes may be the most effective solution. This is especially beneficial for piping that moves through cold sections of your attic, crawl space, garage, and walls. We can also look for bulging pipe sections. Bulges often indicate where water has previously frozen, expanding the pipe. We will follow through with the necessary repairs and replacements if any issues emerge.

For inquiries or service requests, call our courteous Mr. Rooter representatives at (912) 623-4240 today!