3 Tips to Avoid Costly Winter Plumbing Leaks

Dealing with plumbing problems can be a hassle. What homeowner wants to see a leak dripping onto the carpet or floorboards? At least minor problems aren’t catastrophic. Winter-weather plumbing troubles, however, can be disasters in the home. Don’t let leaks create severe damage this winter. Take some preventive steps to keep them from happening.

Don’t Let the Interior Pipes Freeze

At best, a frozen pipe might crack and spring a small amount of pressurized water. Unfortunately, a burst pipe usually leads to a massive hole — or holes — that pump out an enormous amount of water. Entire basements can fill up with water within a short period. A lot of damage can occur before turning off the valves. If the shutoff valves are damaged, the end result could be tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

Preventive maintenance is critical to avoid burst pipes. Make sure the temperature inside the home doesn’t drop below freezing. That means you should service your furnace and keep it in good shape. Insulating the pipes is also a smart plan. Pipe “blankets” can help with this.

Inspect the Plumbing in Advance

Leaks sometimes result from small problems that grow and worsen over time. Worn out and rusty fixtures, for example, spring leaks when the corrosion develops holes. Picking up on the slow degradation early on allows for repair and replacement jobs. Plumbers can perform inspections of old or troubled plumbing systems when asked. Even if a leak isn’t present, a plumber could recommend replacing a worn pipe with a new one. Upon doing so, the new, upgraded pipe takes away the chances for a leak. Real HVAC Services of Maryland and Delaware could help the cause. Besides inspection and maintenance, we handle sewer and drain cleaning along with heating, and air conditioning work is available.

Don’t Overlook the Exterior Fixtures

Leaks inside the home could originate from a problem that starts outside. Cold winter air can enter the home through an outside faucet. Shut off the valve to the faucet, drain the line, and add a winter cap over the faucet. You have to remove any hoses to add a cap, which is another plus. Cold air can enter through hoses, too. Taking all these steps could keep cold, pipe-bursting air out of the interior.

Call Real HVAC Services if you are in Maryland and Delaware and need plumbing services. We can also work on heating and cooling systems.

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