How to Show Your Pipes Some Love

new-construction-plumbingThe plumbing system is considered by many to be the most vulnerable of all systems in a property. The pipes, in particular, can break easily and require a visit from a skilled plumber in your area unless certain maintenance steps are made. These maintenance steps are highlighted below.

1. Check for any leaks.
Even a really small leak in one of your pipes can lead to flooding of not sorted out right away. The resulting damage may require lots of money to repair. Thus, it is a must that you assess every exterior wall, unheated basement, crawl space, and your garage and find out if there are any pipes in these areas that are not insulated. Pipes without insulation or do not have proper insulation are vulnerable to the harsh elements and are, therefore, more likely to leak. If you do not know where most of your pipes go, you can get in touch with skilled plumbers, since they can assist you in scoping out problem areas and sort them out for you if they cannot be fixed using simple methods.

2. Drain and Insulate before winter.
You need to do these things to your pipes and taps since water that is trapped in them can freeze and expand, causing the pipes and taps to break or burst as a result. Draining and insulating pipes in preparation for winter requires you to do the following:

2.1. Do anything to remove all the water that may be in garden hoses and make use of a tap cover to insulate any outdoor taps from the cold.
2.2. For all irrigation systems, cut the flow of water into all parts of the system and drain the water that may still be in pipes and other components of that system.

3. Weatherproof all problem areas.
Next, find areas that have exposed plumbing. Windows, vent fans, and doorways must be checked in order to ensure that their seals are tight at all times. Loose seals can be fixed using caulking. Also, ensure that you have all cracked windows fixed since they cause cold air (during winter) to get in touch with pipes or other plumbing fixtures and damage them.

4. Insulate every exposed pipe.
Rather than seal off all airflow in the home, which may cause mould to grow, you need to ensure that your pipes are insulated properly so they can withstand the cold of winter. To insulate your pipes, you can use towels, foam tubing, or electrical heating tape.

These are the ways to show your pipes some love. Pipes are such a hassle to fix or replace, so make sure to follow these tips above.