As Illinois and Wisconsin residents know, winter is no joking matter. When the temperature drops, it can play havoc with your home.
Frozen pipes are always a serious problem to worry about in cold weather. When water freezes, it expands in the process of becoming ice. This expansion produces pressure that can burst your pipes, causing severe water damage and thousands of dollars worth of repair and replacement work.
It’s never too early to start thinking about avoiding frozen pipes. An experienced plumber can help you prepare your pipes for winter, so you can have peace of mind even in the coldest temperatures.
Insulating your home’s pipe network can help keep winter plumbing problems from occurring. If your home has a basement, it’s a good idea to double-check any exposed pipes in your basement to see if any frost or ice has started to accumulate. If so, contact a plumber. Plumbers can use foam padding or insulating tape to protect pipes from freezing.
Keep the Temperature Steady
The best way to avoid frozen pipes is by keeping your home at a consistent temperature. If you’re away from home when a freeze occurs, it’s important to make sure your thermostat stays above a certain point. If you forget to set the temperature in your home, you may be jeopardizing your pipes. Consider a programmable thermostat to help regulate your home’s temperature so you don’t have to remember to manually set the heat.
Drain Your Water Heater
If you live in a location that has hard water, sediment can build up in your tank, causing rust to develop inside. Drain your water heater to clear out any sediment that has built up. If you have an older water heater, you may notice consistent problems with rust and sediment. If that’s the case, contact a plumber to get a new water heater installed before winter comes.
Address Gaps or Cracks
Even a small crack in your pipe can become a large problem – especially in the winter, when a crack can allow cold air to get inside the plumbing. An experienced plumber can help you find and seal up any cracks that are putting your plumbing at risk.
Protect Outdoor Plumbing
Outdoor fixtures are particularly at risk during the winter, but many homeowners overlook them. When the thermometer drops below freezing, keep your outdoor faucets protected by disconnecting any hoses and draining them thoroughly, then putting a winterizing cover over the fixtures.
Count on Feltner’s Sewer and Drain Service for Any Plumbing Need
Feltner’s Sewer and Drain Service has earned a reputation as one of the most trustworthy plumbing providers in northern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin. We’ve been family-owned and -operated since 1999, and our services include pipe repairs and replacement, drain cleaning and sewer video camera inspections.
We are bonded and insured, and offer 24⁄7 emergency service. Call us for a free estimate from one of our friendly and reliable plumbing experts.