When the temperatures drop, preparing your plumbing for the winter probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But when left unchecked, burst pipes and frozen water supplies are far more than frustrating.
Even if you live in a warmer climate, like Phoenix or Scottsdale, there’s still things you should do prior to the winter season.
Here’s what you need to know about preparing your plumbing for winter.
1. Inspect Outdoor Faucets
Even if you live in an area that rarely gets below 55, you still need to inspect your outdoor hoses and faucets. Make sure that the faucets are free of debris and that the washers are in good conditions. Also inspect outdoor hoses and replace if necessary. Faulty washers can leak gallons of water, which inflates your water bill over time.
2. Water Heaters
In the morning, nothing wakes you up faster than an ice-cold shower. Without proper inspection and maintenance of your water heater, waking up without hot water can happen to anyone. Enlist the help of a plumber in Phoenix before cooler temperatures set in to give your water heater a clean bill of health. If your water heater is old, you may also want to consider replacement. There are a lot tankless options that are compatible with most homes.
3. Sewer Lines
It’s also a good idea to have your sewer lines inspected to prevent sewage backup. It’s not uncommon for tree roots to cause backup, so routine inspection can help prevent an expensive, not to mention unpleasant, problem down the road. If you think your sewer lines are clogged, time is of the essence. Contact a qualified plumber immediately for assistance.
4. Water Treatment
Nothing tastes as refreshing as a glass of ice water. However, if your water is looking cloudy or if you’re seeing sediment in the bottom of your glass, you may need your water treated. Hard water does more than have a bad taste. Over time, scales can build up inside your pipes and be difficult to remove. Not only does it alter the taste of water, but it can also ruin your clothes and your appliances.
If you’re looking for more ways to prepare your Arizona home for winter, contact us at 602-282-5007. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.