Whether you’re dealing with holiday stress or trying to hibernate your way through the winter, a plumbing emergency can really set you back. Problems with your pipes are more likely to happen when the weather or holiday guests put more of a burden on your plumbing system. Prepare your home with these plumbing tips.
1. Repair Leaks Before They Get Worse
Don’t wait for that drip from your sink faucet to become a flood as you’re washing dishes after Christmas dinner. Check your home regularly for leaks. Some places to inspect include:
Sink and bathtub faucets: Look and listen for drips
Showerheads: Check for drips and corrosion
Pipes under the sinks: Make sure there are no puddles or dampness underneath
Toilets: Listen for running water
2. Don’t Let Your Pipes Freeze
There is often a bit of water left in your pipes. This can freeze when the temperatures drop. Insulate pipes with foam tubing to prevent this from happening.
3. Optimize Your Water Heater
Most people never clean their water heater. But you should drain the tank and clean out any sediment that has accumulated at the bottom once a year. Keeping your water heater in good repair will mean that there’s more hot water to go around.
4. Disconnect the Hose
If your hose is connected to the outdoor faucet, the water inside can expand when it’s frozen, causing your pipes to burst. After you disconnect the hose, put some insulation over the faucet as an extra safeguard.
5. Locate the Main Water Valve
You should know where the main water valve is in case you have to close it due to an emergency. It’s usually outside by the street or next to the water meter. Open and shut the valve at least once a year to make sure that it’s not tight or stuck.Hopefully, you won’t have to deal with any plumbing emergencies if you take these preventative measures. If something does go wrong, The Plumbing Authority at (865) 238-2280 to take care of it as soon as possible.