When the weather changes, it can wreak havoc on your plumbing systems and can lead to serious plumbing service and repair if not handled correctly. Whether it’s extreme heat or extreme cold, preventative maintenance can save you money and hassle.
When the temperatures start to fall, you need to take care of your pipes. You may think because the pipes are in the basement or your crawl space that they’re safe from freezing, but that’s not the case. When the water comes into your home from outside, it can be cold enough to freeze. The permafrost is enough to keep the underground water from freezing, but that’s not the case as it gets closer to the surface. When the pipes freeze, it can cause you to lose water and if the water expands, then it can lead to a pipe rupture. Simply wrapping insulation around the pipe can be enough to keep the pipes from freezing. The solution only takes a few minutes and it can end up saving you thousands in repair costs.
When the temperature drops it impacts not only the pipes into your home but out as well. When temperatures are higher, and you pour grease or other items down the drain, it can go through most of the piping without hardening. Cold pipes will harden the grease faster and lead to clogs. The best thing to do is never pour grease down the drain. Instead, collect it in containers and keep your pipes clear all year round.
People love going on vacation during the summer and in all the excitement you may forget all about your hot water heater. Even when you’re not home, the heater will continue to heat the water, costing you money and causing unnecessary wear and tear. When you’re leaving, turn down the heater, so you’re not taxing it so much. Since it’s the summer, you may want to shut the gas off entirely and eliminate any worries. If something happens while you’re gone, no one will be there to call a plumber if the water heater should leak or stop working. The last thing you want to deal with is a gas leak.
Temperature changes can be devastating, but contact us if you have any questions on how you can be prepared.