Preparing your home for the winter chill is essential as the colder months approach. While you’re busy bundling up and getting your heating system ready, remember your plumbing and appliances. Winter can be brutal on your water system, leading to potential issues like frozen pipes, compromised water quality, and increased energy bills.
At Robertson Family Water, we understand the unique challenges that winter can bring to your water supply and how important it is to protect your plumbing and appliances. In this guide, we’ll share valuable insights on protecting your plumbing during the winter season.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
Frozen pipes are a common wintertime issue that can disrupt your water supply and cause costly damage.
To protect your plumbing, consider these steps:
Insulate Exposed Pipes: Insulate pipes in unheated areas like basements, attics, and crawl spaces using pipe sleeves or heat tape.
Allow Faucets to Drip: During frigid nights, allow faucets to drip slowly. This can prevent water from freezing inside the pipes.
Seal Gaps and Cracks: Seal gaps and cracks in your home’s foundation and walls to keep cold air from reaching the pipes.
Open Cabinet Doors: Keep cabinet doors under sinks open to allow warm air to reach the pipes.
Schedule a Winter Check-Up
Have your plumbing system inspected by a professional to identify potential issues and address them before winter hits. A local water treatment company like Robertson Family Water can assess your water quality, ensuring it’s safe for consumption during the winter season.
Keep Appliances Efficient
Your appliances play a crucial role in your daily life and can be affected by cold temperatures. To maintain their efficiency and extend their lifespan:
Maintain Proper Temperature: Set your water heater to a reasonable but not scalding temperature. This will not only save energy but also prevent overheating.
Insulate Water Heater: Consider insulating your water heater to reduce heat loss, especially if it’s located in an unheated area.
Service Water Treatment Hardware: If you have water treatment hardware, ensure it’s properly serviced to avoid damage from cold weather. We can help, even if we didn’t install it.
Protect Outdoor Faucets
Outdoor faucets are particularly vulnerable to freezing. Safeguard them by disconnecting hoses and using faucet covers. If possible, shut off outdoor water supplies and drain the lines.
Consider a Whole-House Filtration System
One way to ensure your water quality remains excellent during the winter is to invest in a whole-house water filtration system. These systems can remove impurities and contaminants, providing clean, safe water for drinking, cooking, and bathing all year round.
By following these tips, you can protect your plumbing and appliances from winter’s harsh effects. Robertson Family Water is here to help you maintain excellent water quality, and that includes helping you keep your plumbing and appliances operating smoothly during the colder months.
Take proactive steps to secure your water supply this winter before the first freeze. Remember, protecting your plumbing is essential for the comfort and safety of your home.
Contact us today to schedule a free equipment consultation and start a journey toward uncompromised water quality. Your health and peace of mind are our top priorities.