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Winter Plumbing Maintenance and Tips

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Winter can cause a great deal of worry for homeowners. From shoveling snow to heating costs to potential plumbing disasters, the cold weather can sure be unforgiving. Thankfully, there are easy maintenance tasks that you can do around your house to help prevent winter plumbing blunders.

Avoid Frozen Pipes

When the temperature drops, your pipes are at risk for freezing. When the water freezes, it can lead to burst pipes causing lots of water damage throughout your home. If you notice a frozen pipe, shut off your water supply immediately and contact a plumber.

To avoid this from happening, frequently check areas of your house with pipes that are not insulated or are exposed to the cold. You can also prevent frozen pipes by periodically running hot water through faucets, opening up cabinet doors, and adding insulation to pipes. Pipe insulation can include foam padding and insulation tape.

Keep Your Drains Clog-Free

A good rule to follow is to never put any grease down the drain—especially in the winter when grease solidifies and freezes faster due to colder temperatures. Keeping your drain free and clear will ensure your pipes flow easily and are not susceptible to clogs or burst pipes.

Check for Leaks and Drafts

Check your faucets, pipes, and drains for any leaks or changes in water pressure. Inspect unused and uninsulated areas of your home that may be prone to drafts. Take care of these common issues before they turn into a disaster by stopping drafts and securing leaks. Call in a professional to assist with your plumbing concerns.

Inspect Your Water Heater

In addition to burst pipes, clogged drains, and leaks, you do not want to be left with cold water this winter. Check your water heater periodically and look for any abnormal sounds, smells, or leaks. Your water heater should be inspected by a professional annually. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing offers service plans [LINK] that include annual maintenance. Call us today to discuss your options.

Know When to Call a Pro

If you are still unsure about how to protect your home from freezing temperatures or you notice any issues as mentioned above, it’s time to call in the pros. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing is here for you this winter and all year long. We are available 24/7 to answer your call and provide you with friendly, professional plumbing service and repair.