If there is one thing you don’t want to have issues with over the cold Michigan winter, it is your plumbing. One of the best ways to stay on top of things and keep your plumbing working properly is to keep up with basic maintenance and catch potential problems before they escalate and become larger issues. Keep these winter plumbing tips in mind as we head into the coldest part of the year.
- Drain your water heater. Draining your water heater from time to time can help keep it clear of sediment that can cause rust and affect your cooking and drinking water. Keep an eye out for rust when you drain the water heater, as this may be an indicator that you should purchase a new one.
- Keep your crawl space warm. If you have a crawl space under your home, cold air may enter through your vents and affect your pipes. One of the easiest ways to prevent damaged pipes is to seal your crawl space vents off with heavy cardboard and duct tape. If your home is equipped with a full basement, you can protect basement pipes by ensuring that your windows do not allow drafts and cold air inside.
- Take hoses inside. Protect your outdoor plumbing by shutting the water off to spigots and taking hoses inside for the winter. Eliminating water from outside water lines protects the pipes from freezing and bursting, and keeping your hose indoors protects it from the elements.
- Get leaks fixed. You should always call a plumber when you have a leaky pipe or faucet, but doing so in the winter is especially important. You will save money on utility bills and potentially larger issues down the road.
If you need help with any plumbing issues over the winter months, Birmingham Plumbing, Heating & Cooling is here for you. Reach out to us today at (248) 952-9900 to speak with a skilled plumbing professional.