8 Winter Plumbing Checks You Should Do This Year

Dec 5, 2023

8 Winter Plumbing Checks You Should Do This Year – North Fraser Plumbing’s Guide for a Cozy Home

Winter has arrived in the Fraser Valley, and as the temperature drops, it’s crucial to ensure that your plumbing system is ready to face the challenges that the colder months bring. At North Fraser Plumbing, we understand the importance of a well-maintained plumbing, heating, and gas system during winter. Here are eight essential winter plumbing checks that every homeowner should consider this year.

  1. Inspect Your Water Heater: Ensure your water heater is functioning optimally to provide warm showers during the chilly season. Check for any leaks, unusual noises, or a decrease in water temperature.
  2. Prevent Frozen Pipes: Frozen pipes can lead to costly damages. Insulate exposed pipes, especially in crawl spaces or attics, and disconnect garden hoses. Consider using heat tape for added protection.
  3. Check for Leaks: Even minor leaks can escalate during winter. Inspect faucets, pipes under sinks, and around your water heater for any signs of leakage. Promptly fix any issues to avoid water damage.
  4. Inspect the Sump Pump: Heavy rainfall or melting snow can put a strain on your sump pump. Ensure it’s in good working condition to prevent basement flooding.
  5. Check for Pooling Water: Clogged or broken drain tile can lead to yard drainage issues or flooding of your basement or main floor during heavy rains. Pooling water near the outside of your home is often a sign of bigger issues.
  6. Outdoor Faucets: Shut off and drain outdoor faucets to prevent freezing.  Consider installing frost-free hose bibs for added protection. Remove all attached hose bibs, even from frost-free hose bibs as they can damage the bib when left attached all winter.
  7. Test Your Thermostat: Ensure your heating system is efficient by testing and calibrating your thermostat. This simple step can save you money on energy bills.
  8. Schedule a Professional Inspection: Finally, consider hiring a professional from North Fraser Plumbing for a comprehensive winter plumbing inspection. Our experienced technicians can identify potential issues and provide preventive maintenance.

By staying proactive with these winter plumbing checks, homeowners can enjoy a cozy and stress-free winter season. For personalized assistance or to schedule a professional inspection, contact North Fraser Plumbing – your trusted partner for all your plumbing, heating, and gas needs in the Fraser Valley. Stay warm and worry-free this winter!