Handy Winter Plumbing Tips Now That The Temperatures Are Falling
If you have outdoor taps or a garden sprinkler system, now is a good time, to get them ready for winter.
Detach all hoses before the first freeze. Close the shut-off valve to the outdoor taps. Now turn on the taps and let any remaining water drain out. When the temperature starts rising, in the spring, you can just reverse the process.
Make sure that any exposed pipework is well insulated against the cold. Especially, any pipes that are on the outside of your home. This will help keep them from freezing and then giving you lots of problems, when they thaw out.
Burst water pipes can be expensive problems to deal with, so its well worth your time reading any other winter plumbing tips you can find.
Other Handy Plumbing Tips
Understanding and fixing your home plumbing system is a vital part of any house improvement, repairs or maintainence. However, if you are not a professional plumber, then recognizing your limitations is also very important. And it also helps to have the correct tools for the job.
If water is flooding your residence, immediately switch off the main electric power supply. If water gets into contact with any kind of electric components, it could become a deadly situation. As soon as the power is off, then you can think about sorting out the flood water. You need to put your familys safety first, before worrying about water damage. It is also a good idea to show the other members of your family how to shut off the main power supply, just in case.
If you are not overly confident about tackling a plumbing job… then don’t. If you make a mistake, then the cost to repair the extra problems will be an awful lot more than you wanted to spend in the first place.
If your water bills seem to be on the high side, and you have not recently transferred suppliers, then you might want to get a professional in to find out if you have a problem in the supply line.
p.s. don’t forget to look for those other winter plumbing tips.