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April 16, 2017

Plumber Vancouver BC: How to Protect Your Plumbing System in winter

If you haven’t prepared your house for the winter, then your plumbing system may become a major casualty. Since plumbing problems seem to occur at very inconvenient times, you should take all the necessary measure to reduce their occurrence during the cold months of winter, because at such times, you don’t want to be dealing with the cold while at the time thinking of a broken plumbing system. Here are some of the tips you can use to prepare for the cold weather season so that you don’t spend a lot of money for plumber Vancouver BC repairs-:

Protect the plumbing pipes from freezing

When the winter temperature takes a dive to the south, water inside the plumbing pipes can easily freeze and this is usually the major cause of pipe bursts during this time. The results of such bursts can be disastrous if it happened when you are out of the house or away for a long time. To reduce the possibilities of this happening, you should ensure that each pipe is insulated with blanket foam. Foam tubes are available from the local hardware stores and in case you are having any problems in doing this, simply call your favorite plumber Vancouver technician to help you out with the insulation.

Fix all the pluming leaks before winter

The best time to take care of the leaks is before winter strikes. Check all the facets in the bathroom, kitchen and the utility rooms to see if any of them have drips or puddles. In case there are any leaking facets, they need to be repaired immediately and it would be a good idea to get in touch with your plumber Vancouver BC expert for the right solutions.

Drain the water heater

This is especially important if you live in a place with hard water. Sediments from the hard water usually buildup in the tank and this may cause the tank to corrode due to rusting. The rust can then find its way to your food, drinking water as well as bathing water, and the consequences are things you wouldn’t normally wish to experience.

Disconnect and pack away the garden horse pipe

One of the best home plumbing practices just before winter is to lose the outdoor horse to avoid the pipes from freezing. When the horse is left connected outside during winter, the water left inside might freeze and expand and this may make the facets to freeze as well as the connecting pipes. The result may be hefty repair bills, yet you could have avoided this easily by disconnecting and packing away the garden horse pipe.

Clean the sump pump pit before winter

Before the colds sets in, inspect and clean the sump pump and the pit. This is important because when the sump pump and the pit it rests on are exposed to extreme weathers like those of winter, the pump freeze and this may stop it from working completely or it may work at a reduced efficiency. Don’t forget about the possibility of it getting damaged and necessitating the need for a repair or replacement.

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