Big Birge Plumbing Offers Plumbing Tips to Prepare for Colder Weather
Simple plumbing maintenance tasks performed in the fall will potentially save you a lot of time and money down the road. An easy mistake, like forgetting to disconnect your hose before winter, can lead to frozen, cracked, or burst pipes and wreak havoc on your entire home plumbing system. Big Birge Plumbing (bigbirgeplumbing.com) compiled a list of plumbing tips to prepare your home or business for this change in temperature:
1. Disconnect your outdoor water hose! This will prevent interior pipes connected to the outside water faucet from freezing and possibly bursting.
2. Make sure all outdoor faucets are free of leaks and drips. Then, turn them completely off and shut off the interior valve for outdoor faucets (usually found in the basement).
3. Protect your pipes! Inspect all your home’s plumbing pipes to make sure they are properly insulated. Exterior and interior pipes throughout your property are susceptible to freezing in the wintertime.
4. If you have a sump pump, make sure it’s clean and in good working order. Pour a bucket of water on it and check to see that it turns on and pumps the water out. If it’s not working properly, or if you notice dampness or foul odors, call a Big Birge plumber. Your sump pump is at lower risk for freezing if it’s well maintained and in good condition.