No one really wants to deal with home plumbing repairs during the winter months. Keep your plumbing system in good condition this winter by implementing the tips below.
#1 Insulate Your Pipes
One of the biggest challenges your pipes will face during the winter is the cold weather. Freezing temperatures outside can lead to freezing pipes inside of your house. The easiest way to prevent your pipes from freezing is to make sure that they are properly insulated.
You can purchase either foam padding sleeves to go around your pipes or special insulated tape. For the sleeves, you just have to cut them down to size and slip them over your pipes. For the special insulated tape, you have to wrap the tape around each individual pipe, covering it up. You can also combine these methods and put foam padding sleeves around your pipes and further secure them in place with special insulated tape.
#2 Keep Your Pipes Warm
If you have pipes located in any uninsulated parts of your home, try to heat these areas up a little bit during the winter months. For example, if most of your pipes are located in your basement, consider setting up a space heater in your basement during the winter months to keep your pipes warm. Or, if your pipes are located in a crawl space, make sure that the area is well-sealed and that as little cold air as possible is able to get into the space.
#3 Be Proactive About Preventing Clogs
Try to be proactive this winter in order to prevent clogs from developing in your pipes. In your kitchen, place covers over your drain to catch any food. Preventing food scraps from going down your kitchen drain will help keep those pipes unclogged.
In your bathroom, place covers over the drain in your shower or bathtub. This will help catch any loose hair and prevent it from clogging up your drains.
You can also put an all-natural clog cleaner down your drain on a weekly basis to keep your pipes clean. Pour a mixture of equal parts salt and baking soda, and add half that amount of cream of tartar. After you pour that mixture down your drain, pour a pot of boiling water down the drain as well. This all-natural mixture will break down any clogs in your pipes without damaging them.
Keep your pipes in good shape this winter by insulating them, keeping them warm and being proactive about preventing clogs. Contact a plumber, like Salinas & Sons Rooter Service, if you have problems.