Winter Plumbing Tips – Points to Consider for Winter Plumbing Maintenance
- 21 - 07 - 2020
- By Heritage Plumbing
During Winter, it is important that your plumbing services are operating effectively. Engage a plumber to inspect the services and confirm that all are in working order and in good condition. This will provide you with peace of mind as you approach the Winter season and need to rely on your plumbing services more than usual. Also, especially due to COVID-19, you will be working, studying or staying at home more often so this will mean that you will also use your plumbing services more.
At Heritage Plumbing Group, we offer a general plumbing maintenance service package in addition to any specific plumbing matter. Whether you need a drain unblocked, toilet fixed, leaking tap repaired, hot water service checked, or pipe leaks sealed, we can attend to all these requests and more. We understand that you may have a busy schedule and need a technician to attend in accordance with your timetable. We can arrange a technician to attend at your convenience and in urgent circumstances too.
During the Winter season, it is important to keep your plumbing services in check. Here are 8 tips that will help you avoid any plumbing disasters. For other great plumbing maintenance tips, browse the blogs on our website.
1. Clear drains
Following Autumn, the leaves on most trees and plants will fall away. The build-up of plant matter on the ground can wash into drains and cause blockages. To avoid costly repairs to unblock drains, engage a professional to clean your drains on a periodic basis. This will help prevent blockages from occurring. Make sure that leaves, fallen plant matter and other debris are cleared away during Winter to avoid the wet weather causing blockages.
2. Protect pipes
Certain pipes that are exposed to the environment may freeze during the night due to extreme cold and frosty temperatures. Check that these pipes are protected in a sheath of foam that will absorb the moisture and prevent the pipes from being too cold and freezing. Excessive exposure to cold and frosty conditions can cause pipes to crack and leak.
3. Check hot water service
Especially during Winter, you want to make sure that your hot water service is operating effectively. The service should be inspected on a yearly basis to ensure that it is operating effectively and does not require any repairs. A hot water service is an essential system for the kitchen, bathroom and laundry. We service all types including instant hot water, solar hot water and hot water systems.
4. Clean gutters and downpipes
During Winter, there will be more rain than usual. Also, fallen leaves can block downpipes. Check that gutters and downpipes are clear so that the water can run off the roof and pass freely through the downpipes into the drains. Blockages can cause water to pond in the gutters and backfill into the eaves and roofing cavity. Avoid any damage by checking your gutters and downpipes on a regular basis.
5. Check pipes
Make sure that your pressure and drain pipes are operating effectively. A plumber can check the condition of the pipes and perform the necessary repairs and replacements. During Winter, pipes may become susceptible to leaks due to the cold weather, damp and moisture in the environment. Check that all pipes are sealed to avoid any nasty surprises.
6. Roof leaks
Check that your roof is not leaking. With more rain in Winter, it is important that your roof is sealed and impervious to water. The roof should be checked on a periodic basis to ensure that the water is flowing correctly and not backfilling towards the property. Check that screw seals are operating effectively for Colorbond roofs, and any gaps in roof tiles are sealed with appropriate materials such as lead flashing.
7. Garden hoses and equipment
Leaving garden hoses and equipment such as trigger nozzles out in the open can cause them to deteriorate over time. Check that hoses are not leaking, and nozzles are closing off the water correctly. Otherwise, you might have water leaking from the equipment. If the equipment needs repair, visit your local hardware store. Make sure that you pack away any equipment after use and avoid leaving it exposed to the environment.
8. Check taps are working properly
Make sure that taps are working properly. If water continues to drip after you have turned the tap to the close or off position, the washer may need replacing. Avoid high water bills, by checking that taps are functioning effectively. A plumber can repair this in no time!
For plumbing and gas fitting services, call Heritage Plumbing Group today. We service Melbourne wide and regional Victoria. If you are after a roof plumber, gas plumber, hot water service repair, plumber Melbourne, blocked drains or plumbing maintenance, call us on (03) 9498 0458 to arrange a quote.