Don’t wait for a frozen pipe to chill your winter 2022 vibe!
The new year is here and the last thing you may be thinking about is frozen pipes, clogged drains or water heaters that aren’t quite keeping up. Here are a few basic plumbing and prep tips to keep 2022 running smoothly through the winter months and avoid last-minute problems.
Know Where Your Water Main Is: Preparation and knowledge are key here. Let’s say you do have a pipe burst this winter you will need to know exactly where your water main shut-off is located. This will help to minimize any damage as you wait for Isley Plumbing to arrive for repairs. If you are a “snow bird” or going to be out of town for any length of time, you may want to go ahead and shut off the water flow to prevent pipes bursting while you are away.
Insulate Your Pipes: We’ve had an unusually warm December here in Central Indiana. But, January and February usually bring a change to that for most Hoosiers. As the temperatures start to plummet you may want to make sure that any exposed pipes around your home are properly insulated. This prevention usually involves adding insulation around your pipes. If you aren’t sure the best way to do this – call Isley Plumbing and we can help. This insulation addition will help to save costs on your water heating bill too!
Outdoor Faucets Winterized and Safe: The busy fall season can lead right into a busy holiday season. Take the time to make sure you have drained and disconnected any hoses that might still be attached and store them for winter. Don’t forget that you will want to drain any outdoor exposed pipes too so that they don’t expand and freeze over the winter.
Is Something Leaking?: Most of us know when we have a leak of some kind. What we also do is sometimes wait too long to have that leak repaired. If you see or suspect a leak you can be assured that there are natural weak spots and as the water starts to expand and temperatures get colder this creates a vulnerable place for pipes to freeze and burst. This can be an expensive fix – so call Isley Plumbing to fix those leaks before they lead to a more complicated and expensive plumbing problem.
Wow – That Shower Seemed Cold!: If you are sensing that your water heater may need some TLC or maintenance, the rule of thumb is sooner rather than later. You’ll want to make sure the water heater is performing at its optimum output so that it isn’t using excessive energy and will keep your water hot throughout the cold, winter season. Check temperature and pressure relief valves, water stream pressure, insulate or flush your tank are just a few of the things you can do to keep your water heater in tip-top condition. And, even though these are things you may want to try yourself – a professional like Isley Plumbing is the best option to ensure your water heater is ready to go for winter!
Got questions that need answered as you move through the winter months? Give us a call at 317-420-4006 and we can help you be winter ready in no time!