It is the time of year when home and business owners need to prepare their Seattle pipes for the cold winter months ahead. Taking the time to prep your pipes for winter is essential because it will prevent your pipes from experiencing damage that will lead to stressful and costly repairs. When pipes are ignored during the colder months they are more susceptible to consistent clogs and freezing that will cause pipes to crack or completely burst. Instead of suffering through pipe problems, be proactive about your pipe health and take these five steps to prepare your pipes for winter.
1. Inspect and clean your pipes to ensure there are no existing problems
It is hard to solve a pipe problem when they occur within your walls or foundation, which is why it is always a good idea to schedule a pipe inspection and cleaning for your Seattle pipes. Pipe inspection allows our professionals to look into your pipes via a high-resolution camera that reveals existing problems that could get worse come a drop in temperature. In addition, pipe cleaning allows for clogs and blockages to be quickly flushed from your pipelines. Inspecting and cleaning your pipes is an easy way to understand the state of your pipes before winter arrives.
2. Have your water heater inspected
Your water heater plays a big role in the function of your pipes during the winter months. If your water heater is not able to provide your family, friends, customers, or employees with hot water, your pipes are at high-risk of freezing. When your water heater is working properly, it can flow warm water through your pipes allowing them to flow properly all winter long.
3. Keep your structure at a consistent temperature
In the winter, your heating bill is likely to go up because as temperatures fluctuate you are working to adjust your thermostat. Instead of turning your heater on and off, it is a good idea to commit to a consistent temperature that will keep you comfortable and your indoor pipes warm which lets water flow properly 24⁄7.
4. Make sure your outdoor pipes do not have any openings and are not running
In areas of your property where pipes cannot be kept warm by heating, they can be insulated to make sure that they do not allow leaking water to freeze and expand within your pipe system as well as provide a home for little critters who are trying to escape the cold. Turning off your outside water lines, insulating exposed pipes, and covering pipe openings is vital to your pipe health when the warmer months roll back around.
5. Always call the professionals at Sewer Solutions
While there are many ways you can prepare your pipes without the help of professionals, your local experts at Sewer Solutions Northwest is always prepared to help you with pipe safety. We are a locally owned and operated business that has 30 years of experience. During the colder winter months, you do not want have to deal with pipe problems, so take the time to prepare them before temperatures drop in the Pacific Northwest.