Now the days are getting shorter and the nights are drawing in it’s the perfect time to prepare your plumbing for Winter. In this article, we highlight our top 10 winter plumbing tips.
Preparing your Plumbing for Winter
Winter is the worst time to be unprepared when the cold spell hits. It’s vital that you prepare your plumbing for winter to prevent any unexpected issues. During the colder months, you may be faced with frozen pipework or blocked drains.
To help prevent these issues, we’ve explained our top 10 winter plumbing tips to help reduce the risk of a plumbing emergency and avoid unnecessary damage and expense.
Top 10 Winter Plumbing Tips
Our winter plumbing tips will help to prevent any unexpected problems with your winter plumbing system. Here are Woods Building Maintenance’s top 10 winter plumbing tips:
- Prevent frozen pipework – During winter, the temperature drops considerably and the water inside your pipework can freeze easily. If the water within your pipes freezes then it will crack and burst which can cause a flood within your home and damage your home’s costing costing you time and money. Having your heating on at a constant low temperature will make sure that your pipes are always heated to prevent the water from freezing.
- Insulate pipework – To prevent frozen pipework it’s a good idea to insulate your pipes. Using foam padding or insulating tape on your pipework will prevent them from freezing. You will also want to check the pipes to make sure there is no ice or frost gathering.
- Unblock guttering – If there are leaves and debris in your gutter, then when the temperature plummets ice can form which can lead to damage and breakages to the guttering. To avoid this clear out the leaves and debris from the guttering before the temperatures drop. You can also invest in drain guards to help prevent your gutting from getting blocked.
- Prevent blocked drains – To prevent blocked drains you should avoid pouring grease, oils and hard to grind objects down the drain as these are more likely to block the waste pipes and cause strong smells and back up pipes. Here at Woods Building Maintenance, we offer specialist drainage services across the North of England to both domestic and commercial customers. If you have a drainage problem, call our drainage specialists on 0330 3530 365.
- Eliminate drafts – If there are areas in your home where the water supply is located in an unheated place then you need to action to prevent the flow of cold air into them. Examples of unheated place where the water supply may be located are cellars, lofts and garages. You can eliminate drafts by insulating both the hot and cold pipes.
- Drain your water heater – If you’re living in a location which has hard water, then sediment can build up in your tank which causes rust to develop inside. The rust can effect you showering, drinking and cooking. You will need to drain your water heater to remove the sediment which has built up inside. If your water heater is old and rust is forming then it may be time to invest in a replacement.
- Disconnect hose – A water-filled hose which is left outside in cold weather will freeze. If the hose is still connected to the tap then the ice can back up into the pipe inside your house which will cause the pipe to crack. It is important you disconnect all hoses, drain them and put them away during Winter.
- Seal around rim joists – A rim joist is likely to let cold air seep through. Seal cracks or holes using expandable form. Making sure you don’t insulate a pipe from the heat in the rest of the house. Ensure you check around holes where cables, wires or pipes pass through an outside wall and insulate where you can. After insulating, make sure you have combustion air for the furnace coming in through a makeup air pipe.
- Locate the stop valve – Ensure you know where the stop valve is located on the incoming water supply main to your home. Check that this is working correctly and can be switch on and off.
- Book your boiler in for an annual service – How often should a boiler be serviced? Your boiler needs an annual service to ensure it is operating to its optimum capacity and will prevent any major boiler breakdowns during the bleak weather.
Here at Woods Building Maintenance, we specialise in plumbing and heating services providing exceptional services all year round.
Plumbing Services from Woods Building Maintenance
Woods Building Maintenance is a planned and reactive maintenance company based in Wakefield. We offer a range of plumbing services across the North of England to both domestic and commercial customers. Our qualified professional plumbers will take care of all your plumbing requirements with minimum disruption to your day.
Some of our popular plumbing services include, but are not limited to:
- Bathroom refurbishment
- Blocked toilets, sinks, pipes & drains
- Burst pipes
- Gutters & downpipes
- Water heater repairs & installs
- Water tank installs
- Toilet repairs & installs
- Radiators and valves
- Pipework replacement
With our helpdesk operating 24/7, 365 days a year we can offer our plumbing services across the North of England all year round. As a reliable provider of plumbing services, you can have peace of mind that you are in the safest of hands. We aim to fix your issue within a time frame that suits you at the lowest cost possible. Here at Woods Building Maintenance, we also offer an emergency plumbing call out service. If you have an emergency plumbing issue, please call us 0330 3530 365 and will send a plumber out to you immediately.
Not only do we offer plumbing services across the North of England, but we also offer the following:
- Gas services
- Electrical services
- Glazing and locks
- Drainage services
- Maintenance services
- Boiler installation
If you require any of our services, please call us on 0330 3530 365 or contact us online.