Winter in Florida is unlike any other. While winter plumbing problems may not be the first thing to worry about during the colder months, there are still some things you can do to avoid them. Failure to prepare can result in a host of unwelcome problems. Keep reading to learn what you can do to prepare your Florida home for the upcoming change in weather.
How to Identify and Repair Leaking Pipes
Leaking pipes are a problem at any time of year, but particularly during winter. Although the chances of the temperature dropping below freezing in central Florida are slim, you still want to fix those pipes. A leak can lead to an increased water bill and a lack of water pressure within the home.
How to Ensure Pipe Insulation
Exterior pipes are the most at-risk part of your plumbing. By ensuring they are wrapped and insulated, you prevent them from becoming vulnerable to dropping temperatures. Exposed pipe is at risk of freezing, and the constant temperature fluctuations can weaken the material the pipe is made of, putting it at risk of breaking. A broken pipe can lead to thousands of dollars in repairs.
How to Flush a Water Heater?
Over the course of the year, the water heater builds up sediment and debris in the bottom of the tank. By flushing out the water heater, you can improve its efficiency and improve the longevity of the heater. However, if you notice rust stains in the bottom of the heater, it’s a sign that you should replace the unit. It’s a good idea to have a professional clean the heater before winter arrives — a warm shower on cooler days feels wonderful.
Check the Sump Pump
If your home sits in a low area, then chances are that you have a sump pump. This pump is responsible for moving water out of low areas and draining it properly. Make sure your sump pump is in working order. Ensure there are no clogs in the device and pour some water through it to ensure it works properly.
Contact Climate Design For Your Winter Plumbing Maintenance
It’s a good idea to contact a professional to inspect your plumbing before winter to ensure your home is ready for whatever the season brings. Climate Design offers low-cost inspections and maintenance to all areas of the home, from plumbing to heating.