The harsh conditions brought on by the cold weather causes plumbing problems in homes across Myrtle Beach. Check below to understand how winter can negatively affect your plumbing system.
Winter Plumbing Problems
Did you know that frozen water can cause the water line of your home to break or leak? Temperatures below freezing point will cause the water to freeze within your plumbing pipes. This could cause a leaking water line or a burst pipe. Additionally, septic tanks are prone to bursting if dirt has frozen up and the snow is piling up on the ground. In case you live in a place with hard water, rust may develop if sediment has accumulated in the water heater tank. The rust will then be more difficult to remove during the colder season. Due to this, your family may be faced with plumbing problems like a contaminated water for drinking, cooking, and bathing. All of these plumbing issues are because of the harsh conditions brought on by winter. Abrupt changes in the temperature, hail, snowfall, as well as other weather related issues can leave the plumbing system of your home in a difficult situation.
Preventing Cold Weather
Despite the inevitable and forceful winter season, you can avoid all these plumbing issues. Listed below are some precautionary measures to protect your plumbing system.
Lower Water Heater Temperature – if the water heater is installed, plumbers must set it at 170 degrees Fahrenheit just in case. However, several homes do not require that much steam and pressure. You should turn down your water heater between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. This will help avoid leak or burst pipes and lowers heating costs up to 10 percent. If you want to be more environmentally friendly, you can get in touch with a Myrtle Beach plumber during the warmer season and ask him to if you can go solar or install a tankless water heater.
Pipe Insulation – once you have done this, you will pay less for your hot water and the likelihood of dealing with frozen pipes will be reduced. When insulating the pipes, check the basement, attic, crawl spaces, garage, bathroom counters, and under kitchen. These spots might have unheated plumbing lines. Both cold and hot lines in these locations require insulation to retain higher temperatures.
Drain Water From The Pool – In case you have a pool, you have to drain the water as well as the sprinkler supply lines. Be sure to check the instructions set by the manufacturer.
Open and Disconnect The Hose Bibs Outdoors – do not forget to let the water to totally drain when you do this. Once you have done this, shut off the indoor valve and then leave the outdoor valve open. This lets the pipe to expand without the risk of bursting. Keep the hose in your backyard shed or hose in your garage during the colder season.
Pipe Sleeve Installation – you can prevent the most common plumbing problems during winter by installing pipe sleeves, heat cable, or a heat tape. You can also keep the insulation dry by using newspapers if you need to save some cash.
Call Blue Ribbon Plumbing LLC if you need help with your plumbing system.
Blue Ribbon Plumbing LLC
4201 Carolina Exchange Drive Suite 202
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579