As you begin readying your home for winter, what things are you checking off your list? Plugging up air leaks in your home’s outer envelope and scheduling preventative maintenance for your heating equipment should certainly be on your list, but don’t forget to check out your plumbing as well!
Here’s what you can do when readying your home for winter to prepare the plumbing for cold Michigan weather.
- Look for signs of leaks anywhere pipes are exposed, such as under kitchen and bathroom sinks.
- Watch for indications of corrosion, which include green stains around shutoff valves and copper or brass fittings. Corrosion can mean there’s a problem with the water or the pipe itself.
- Become familiar with how to prevent frozen pipes.
- Check the water pressure. If it’s too low, that could mean there’s a problem with the line or that sediment has built up behind the faucet.
- Inspect drains to make sure drainage is fast enough. Also, the water should swirl rather than bubble as it flows down the drain.
- Open the toilet tank and look for worn or missing parts. Listen for the toilet to run briefly at seemingly random intervals—a sign that there’s a slow leak.
- Attempt to rock the toilet base back and forth. If it moves, a leak may have damaged the floor beneath it.
- Check the burner chamber of your water heater. Make sure there are no rust flakes and that the flame burns blue.
- Drain the water heater to remove sediment. A full water heater flush should be left in the hands of a plumbing professional.
- Inspect bathroom tiles. Replace cracked ones and clean visible mold and mildew. Replace tub and shower caulking if necessary.
- Ensure that shower and sink faucets are easy to turn and that they don’t leak.
- Check washing machine hoses for signs of old age and wear.
Be sure to use these tips when readying your home for winter. To learn more, please contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing today. We proudly serve residents of Grand Traverse County.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about preparing your home for winter and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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