Little Known Tips That Can Save Your Plumbing During Severe Winters

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The winter weather can cause different damages to your plumbing system. For example, it can interfere with your drainage system or even cause pipes to burst after freezing. It doesn't have to be so, however, because you can prevent such damages by:

Draining Sprinklers

Despite taking precautions, there is a chance that the winter may be so severe that your outdoor water systems may still freeze. However, this cannot be a problem if there isn't water in the pipes, which means you should drain the systems. You can do this using drain valves, but the most efficient way is to blow water out of the system using pressurized air. Ideally, you should engage a professional plumber for this.

Protecting Pipes in Unoccupied Rooms

Unoccupied buildings are rarely heated, which is good because heating them would be a waste of energy. However, this exposes the plumbing pipes in such rooms to freezing temperatures. Protect such pipes, for example, by insulating them and using heat trace tape. Don't forget to connect the trace tape to a reliable power source to prevent freezing due to power failure.

Monitoring Water Leaks

If a water leak does occur, you want to know about it at the earliest opportunity before it does great damage. A good way of doing this is to install a monitored automatic excess flow switch on the main incoming line. Ask your plumber for a reliable, fast action valve that will kick into operation immediately if there is a leakage in the pipe.

Monitoring the Snow Levels

It also pays to keep an eye out for snow levels outside the house. Heavy snow accumulation can prevent water from draining outside the home, with disastrous consequences. For example, it can block the sump pump's discharge line and cause indoor flooding.

Preventing Septic System Freeze Up

The septic pipes can freeze if the temperatures are too low but there isn't much snow cover. This is because your septic system needs snow cover to prevent frost from reaching deep into the ground and freezing it. However, you can prevent the situation by:

  • Placing mulch over the pipes for an extra layer of insulation
  • Using warm water at least once daily, for example, by taking warm baths
  • Minimizing traffic  (both vehicle and human) over the system, since this compacts the ground and enables frost to go deeper

You never know when winter plumbing problems may strike your house. Therefore, monitor your plumbing systems and call a plumber from a company like Sunset Professional Plumbing Services Inc. at the first sign of trouble. 

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