Winter Plumbing – ACCL Plumbing
When it becomes too chilly in your house, your pipes are one of the first – and worst – things to break. If you don’t deal with them quickly away, they’ll freeze and then explode, leaving you with a big, expensive mess. That’s why it’s critical to winterize them appropriately.
To avoid malfunctions, we recommend that you keep your furnace well-maintained and that all sections of your home are adequately heated. If left in the cold, that little-used guest room in the corner of the second floor could be your undoing. Any exposed or susceptible pipes should also be insulated. You wouldn’t walk outside without a parka, so don’t leave your pipes exposed without some extra protection.
Winter is a busy season, especially when you consider all of the holidays. From Thanksgiving until Easter, it feels as though you’re always hosting or attending a gathering. All of that extra labour puts a strain on your drains, especially if you’re in a rush and aren’t careful with what you put down them. Clogs in your pipes and drains will result from the extra wear and tear, as well as questionable substances, presenting you with an uncomfortable scenario at the worst possible time.
Everyone speaks about pipes, but your water heater also needs to be protected from winter damage. Because the water is colder in the winter, your water heater will take longer to heat up. It’s not only the water, either: the more sediment and mineral buildup in your water heater, the more time, energy, and money it will take to clean it. Consider how many hot baths and long showers you enjoy taking. That can add up quickly, and you’ll be surprised when you check your energy bill.
Before winter, we recommend flushing your water heater completely. This occurs when the water heater has been entirely drained and water has been pumped through it. This will remove any sediment or mineral buildup in your water tank or tankless device. You may need to call a plumber depending on the type of water heater you have. Take advantage of the opportunity to have your water heater inspected so you know it’s up to the task.
Make it a practice to check the pressure release valve after flushing your water heater. Simply open and close the door 2-3 times and listen for a slight hiss. If you hear a hiss, it suggests there are no leaks. If your water heater continues to be silent, you should conduct a more comprehensive leak check and replace the valve.
Your sump pump is your first line of defense against a flooded basement and expensive repairs. Winter is an excellent time to clean up your sump pump pit and inspect it for optimal operation. Keep an eye out for any ice that may have formed in the discharge pipe.
We’re sometimes so preoccupied with the inside of our homes that we don’t think about the outside. However, the best way to avoid winter plumbing issues is to start from the outside. To avoid frozen pipes, remember to empty and store your hose, as well as properly drain your outside faucet early in the fall. You should also inspect your windows and doors for any draughts or broken seals – The infiltration of frigid winter air into your home will wreak havoc on your plumbing.
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ACCL Plumbing offers repair and replacement services. We would be pleased to develop a guaranteed unique solution to keep your cleanouts, sewer blockages, clogged drains, burst pipes, broken water heater or over flowing toilets, free of any obstructions. We can help. Call 1(905) 448-5909 or visit our contact page to drop us a message http://acclplumbing.com/contact-us/