As the leaves start to change colors, the temperatures cool off, and bonfires become a weekly tradition, it can only mean one thing – Fall has arrived! With winter quickly approaching, now is the ideal time to prepare your plumbing system for the chilly months ahead. At My Georgia Plumber, we want to help you avoid those dreaded winter plumbing emergencies that can turn your holiday season into a nightmare. That’s why we’ve put together a list of our top 5 plumbing maintenance tips that will keep your plumbing in top-notch shape and ensure you don’t end up with a surprise flood or a hefty repair bill.
Know Your Main Water Shut-Off Valve
One of the most crucial things every homeowner should know is the location of their main water shut-off valve. This valve is your first line of defense in case of a broken pipe or plumbing emergency. Make sure that everyone in your household knows where it’s located and how to turn it off. If you’re unsure about its location, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Check out our article, “Everyone in your home should know how to shut off your main water line,” or simply give us a call at 770-592-0081, and one of our friendly plumbing experts will be more than happy to assist you.
Schedule a Hot Water Heater Inspection
During the cold winter months, your water heater works extra hard to provide you with warm baths and showers. To ensure it keeps up with the demand and to avoid any unexpected breakdowns, schedule a hot water heater inspection. Our team of hot water heater repair specialists will perform a comprehensive inspection of your plumbing system, identify any potential issues, and ensure that your water heater and piping are in optimal condition for the winter ahead.
Winterize Spigots and Disconnect Outdoor Hoses
Leaving garden hoses attached to spigots during winter is a recipe for trouble. The constant freezing and thawing can weaken hoses, causing them to crack. To prevent this, disconnect your hoses from the spigots and drain them. Store them in a place where temperatures won’t drop below freezing. Afterward, remember to shut off your hose bibs at their safety cut-off valves and completely drain them. These precautions will help avoid freezing and cracking when the temperatures plummet.
Insulate Your Pipes and Water Heater
Keep your heating costs in check during winter by installing a hot water heater blanket – it’s an easy DIY project that can make a big difference. Once your water heater is cozy and warm, take a look around your home, especially in the basement, for any pipes that are exposed to the cold. These exposed pipes are the most susceptible to freezing and bursting. Safeguard them by insulating with fiberglass, pipe sleeves, or insulation tape. This simple step will ensure that your plumbing pipes stay warm and free-flowing throughout the winter.
Schedule a Sump Pump Inspection
Don’t forget about your sump pump. It plays a crucial role in preventing basement flooding, especially during heavy rains and snow melts. Schedule a sump pump inspection and service with My Georgia Plumber. Regular cleaning and maintenance of the pit and pump help ensure proper functioning and extend the life of your equipment. Pumps exposed to extreme cold can freeze, causing them to malfunction and potentially leading to sewage backup and spillover.
If you find the process of winterizing your plumbing a bit overwhelming, don’t hesitate to reach out to My Georgia Plumber. We offer a Home Care Club Membership that includes a comprehensive Whole House Plumbing Inspection and a thorough Hot Water Heater flush. Additionally, we can handle the winterization of your home on your behalf, allowing you to fully enjoy the holiday season without adding another task to your already busy to-do list. Don’t wait until it’s too late to take action! By following these straightforward maintenance tips and relying on My Georgia Plumber, you can proactively prevent winter plumbing emergencies. Our team is here to assist you at every stage of the process. You can contact us at 770-592-0081, or for your convenience, utilize our user-friendly online booking system. Let’s ensure your plumbing enjoys a cozy and trouble-free winter season.