When it comes to weather plumbing, preventative measures will help maintain a healthy, efficient water system and avoid excess water loss and costly bills. Thankfully, you can prevent many common plumbing problems by being proactive and following Gene Wagner Plumbing maintenance tips to safeguard your system throughout the winter months.
Turn off the outside water valve
When the temperature drops and is below freezing, water pipes can burst, creating costly damage. According to State Farm Insurance, the average homeowner cost for a pipe burst is around $15,000.
Know your home’s main water valve
When a pipe bursts in your home, immediately turn off the water. It’s essential to know the location of your water valve. Typically, this valve is located next to the water meter and should be in good condition. To keep your home’s main water valve working, open and close it once a year.
Conserve your home’s energy
Consider turning down the heat to save energy when you are away from home in the winter. Keep in mind lowering the heat too much increases the risk of frozen and burst pipes. The damage caused by such an accident will be even more significant if the rupture goes unnoticed for days, weeks, or even months.
To prevent a pipe burst, the home’s temperature should be set no lower than 45F, a solution that optimizes your savings and protects against frozen pipes. When adjusting the heater’s water temperature, don’t set the dial above 125 degrees F; this will prevent scalding water and reduce energy waste.
Inspect the water heater
Your water heater is one of your home’s most essential equipment, working hardest during the cold winter, so ensure it runs optimally. As a result, it is necessary to drain sediment from your water heater tank to avoid corrosion and increase energy efficiency.
Ensure proper drainage
Keep the water flowing through your roof and downspouts. Clear out dead leaves and other debris from these areas to avoid blockage and ensure proper drainage during the winter months.
If the weather outside is frightful, the cost won’t be delightful. Consider the above preventive maintenance tips to prevent costly repairs. If a pipe bursts despite your efforts, call Gene Wagner Plumbing. We are proud of being one of the best plumbers in Milwaukee. Check out our profile on Expertise. For more information, contact us or call us at 414-541-9217.