There are some areas of Australia that suffer from winter related plumbing problems that require a plumber to fix. Thankfully, there are some tips on how to avoid common winter plumbing problems that can save you money.
Common winter plumbing problems you can avoid:
Inefficient water heater – if your water heater is not working properly this winter, not only will you not have enough warm water available, or no hot water at all, if the problem isn’t corrected immediately it could end up costing you a lot in repairs if its neglected. Actually, there are some things you can do to help your water heater perform properly, such as making sure there is no draft of cold air blowing on it by closing windows and doors.
If your water heater is old and not functioning properly and it seems like it is getting worse, then you may have to repair or replace it before it stops functioning all together and you wake up on a cold winter morning without any warm water! In this case, having a plumber come out and inspect it is advised.
Preventing your basement from flooding – before winter rain or snow begins, it is important to make sure your drains are clear of any leafs, twigs, garbage, or any other obstruction that could clog them, such as snow or ice. When drains are obstructed, water will backup and can easily flood your basement. Another potential cause of basement flooding is the risk of an indoor or outdoor pipe bursting.
If you have clogged drains, a burst pipe, or your basement is flooded, call emergency plumbing services as soon as possible to limit water damage.
Avoid indoor and outdoor pipes from freezing – in some areas where temperatures drop enough to cause pipes to crack and burst in winter, it is advised to turn off the outside water valve to prevent your pipes from freezing. Water shut-off vales are typically located in or near the basement. If you are unable to locate your shut-off valves, it is advised to get professional assistance before winter weather arrives, as a cracked or burst pipe can cause a lot of water damage.
Heading these helpful tips on how to avoid common winter plumbing problems can save you a lot of headaches and hard-earned money. Be prepared this winter by having your drainage and plumbing system checked by reliable professional plumbers at G. Brand and Sons Plumbers.
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