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Preparing Plumbing Systems for Winter and Avoiding Expensive Plumbing Repairs

October 29th, 2013 by gtowsley Leave a reply »

 

prepareing plumbing systems for winterAs the saying goes an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, meaning practicing preventative measures is more effective than fixing a problem that could have been avoided in the first place. This is very true with preparing plumbing systems for winter. Winter is right around the corner and temperatures are already starting to drop. Preparing plumbing systems for winter is a great way to help your customers save money on expensive plumbing repairs.

 

Frozen pipes can lead to all kinds of expensive plumbing repairs, from cracked pipes to major water leaks, preparing plumbing systems for winter is the best strategy in combating frozen pipes and the damages associated.

 

One of the most important things in preparing plumbing systems for winter is to make sure your customers know where their main water shut off valve is. Just enabling your customers to turn off the water at the source in the event of a plumbing catastrophes can prevent lots of damage and save your customer money in expensive plumbing repairs.

 

The second most important step in preparing plumbing systems for winter is to make sure all exposed pipes are properly insulated. Pipes located outside, in crawl spaces, and in attics are at particular risk. Providing insulation to these pipes is one of the best most inexpensive ways to prepare plumbing systems for winter and can save your customers money in expensive plumbing repairs.

 

It is also important to check homes for any cracks and openings that could allow cold air to travel to pipes. Repairing cracks and sealing any openings is very important in preparing plumbing systems for winter. Repairing cracks not only prepares plumbing systems for winter and prevents expensive plumbing repairs it also helps your customers reduce their energy costs this winter by making their home more efficient, as heat can also travel out of cracks and opening making furnaces and heaters work harder to heat the home.

 

Some other areas of concern when it comes to preparing plumbing systems for winter are:

 prepareing plumbing systems for winter

Outdoor hose bibs, in areas with extreme temperature changes there is a separate shut off valve for these. As part of preparing plumbing systems for winter is this valve should be shut off and water should be drained. Bibs can be covered with insulted hose bib covers, water hoses should be disconnected, drained, and stored in a garage are shed away from the elements.

 

Sprinkler systems should be considered as part of preparing plumbing systems for winter, as a burst sprinkler pipe can be an expensive plumbing repair. To prepare sprinkler systems for winter, turn on water valve to sprinkler system and drain any water that may have collected.

 

Taking the proper steps to prepare plumbing systems for winter is the best way to save money on expensive plumbing repairs. Offering these services to your customers is a great way to engage them and maintain your customer relations!

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