Winter tends to be a stressful time for everyone. With plummeting temperatures and family holiday festivities, more people spend more time inside their homes. With increased indoor time and lower temperatures, it naturally causes more water to run through your home’s plumbing system. Unfortunately, cold weather has an expanding effect on water when it freezes. These factors result in more winter plumbing emergencies than other times of the year. Here, your local plumber will offer some simple tips to help prevent your residential plumbing system from suffering a plumbing emergency this winter.

Fix leaks.

Leaks, no matter how minimal, should be corrected as soon as they are identified, regardless of the season. A drip leak can cause an incredible amount of wasted water and cause significant damage over time. However, these leaks can become very dangerous in the winter when water freezes and can crack or burst pipes. If your home has any leaks, make sure you fix them now!

Empty any unused pipes.

One of the most important components to preventing plumbing damage to your home is draining pipes that are not going to be used. This means attaching hoses to outside hose bibs and blowing out sprinklers. This prevents the water that is sitting in the pipes, no matter how little, from freezing. Even a small amount of ice in pipes can cause damage, including cracks. Come spring, those small cracks can cause leaks. Close drain shut-off valves that lead outdoors to prevent ice from cracking pipes inside the house.

Prevent pipes from freezing.

Pipes should always be protected to prevent damage. However, the need is increased during freezing temperatures to prevent damage to the pipes. If there are exposed pipes, take care to wrap them — insulated foam from a home improvement store works well. If you go out of town for any span of time, make sure that the temperatures in your house don’t fall below freezing. If you will be gone longer than the weekend, it is a good idea to have someone check in on your home, and if you will be gone all winter, you may consider having someone use your plumbing every now and again to have water flow through them.

Clean water heater and sump pump.

If you are one of the 82 percent of American households that has hard water, it is even more important for you to keep up with annual cleaning and maintenance of appliances. Every year, you should clean your hot water heater and your sump pump. This helps to clear debris and sediments to keep them working as they should. Keeping these appliances working is important to the quality of your home’s water and preventing damage to your home’s interior. If you have not completed annual maintenance, now is the time to do it!

When you call your local Dallas plumber, they can help with everything you need to prepare your plumbing for winter and handle the annual maintenance for your hot water heater and sump pump. Preparing your residential plumbing for winter can help you prevent plumbing emergencies. At C & C Slab Leak and Plumbing, we can help you take care of all your plumbing needs. And, if you do need an emergency plumber, don’t hesitate to call us then, too! Contact us for your free estimate today!