Living in Central Oregon, winter storm planning is a necessary precaution. Fall is the perfect time to start your preparation for the impending Central Oregon winter. Frosted or frozen water in pipes can destroy your plumbing from the inside out.
As a preventive measure, it is necessary to take steps to protect your plumbing from the risks this season may bring. Being conscious of these risks and following some simple tips can save your home and wallet from a lot of stress.
Winter Storm Preparation Tips
Tip 1: Insulate your Pipes
One primary preventive measure you can take in securing your plumbing toward a cold winter is to guarantee that all exposed pipes are well insulated. Inspect the pipes in unheated areas (attic, basement, etc.) every few days to ensure there are no ice or frost.
Pipe insulation is cheap and simple to install. This tip can save you on heating costs as well because it’ll keep the warm air in.
Tip 2: Repair All Plumbing Leaks
The smallest leak in your plumbing can transform into a major problem when temperatures drop below freezing. Examine all exposed pipes, indoors and out, for plumbing leaks. If you left your pipes without checking them and the water freezes, the damage to the surrounding pipes is likely to be more vital.
Tip 3: Maintenance of Water Heaters
Water Heaters are necessary when the fall and winter season comes. Taking time to ensure that your water heater is correctly functioning will guarantee that it is in good shape. You just cannot allow the water heater to break down when you needed it the most.
If you’re not experienced in checking your water heater, you can call our Bend plumbers in Central Oregon to check your water heater condition.
Tip 4: Proper Disposal Usage
Oil, grease, and fats make your food tasty. They are also terrible for your drain. It’s even serious when it’s cold, making it more likely that oily substance will clog and harm the blades in your garbage disposal. Avoid starchily or any food substance that expands with water; it’s also a bad idea to pour down the drain.
Tip 5: Outdoor Hoses & Pipes
Remove residual water from hoses, spigots, and outdoor pipes, and eliminate garden hoses before the cold weather arrives. If a garden hose is left connected, frost can form, and pressure can build up in the water lines inside your home. Once this appears, a water line leak or break could occur and cause critical damage to your home.
To keep your home in Bend, OR free from plumbing, water heater, or sewer and main line problems this fall and winter the best defense is to schedule an annual maintenance inspection. Contact Einstein Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling at 888-671-7767, or email at [email protected] to schedule your plumbing check up today.