We do a lot to prepare for the winter season. From digging out our warmer clothing, to prepping our lawns, to getting our furnaces checked and serviced, there’s a lot that goes into ensuring we’ll be able to get through the coldest months of the year comfortably and without incident.
But while we’re running around trying to get all of our ducks in a row before the snow begins to fall and the temperatures begin to drop, it’s easy to overlook important home care items that could come back to haunt us in the dead of winter. Overlooking the winterization of your plumbing in Toronto or failing to have it inspected before the season strikes, could leave you with major problems, including:
- Frozen pipes that stem the flow of water in your home.
- Burst pipes as the result of a frozen section of plumbing.
- Cracked plumbing that can create leaks.
- Cold sections of plumbing that can lower hot water efficiency.
The list goes on and on, but fortunately, most of the above problems can be staved off by simply having a plumber assess your home for any plumbing problems that may be lurking out of sight and out of mind, just waiting to be compromised by the winter season.
When is an inspection essential?
While it’s a good idea for every homeowner to have their plumbing in Toronto inspected before the winter season, there are a few cases that make it imperative to make sure this item is not skipped over on your seasonal “to-do” list. Take a look at a few of these situations:
- If your home is more than 30 years old with any original plumbing still in it.
- If you have a history of plumbing issues at any time of the year.
- If you’ve recently had plumbing work done earlier in the year.
- If you experienced any wintertime plumbing woes in past years.
All of the above situations are earmarked for a problem to arise at some point in time, simply because your plumbing falls into a risk group that might not stand up as well to frigid temperatures.
What can you do?
Apart from calling a plumber to inspect your home and recommend different proactive plumbing services, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with a few things you can and should be doing to aid in your plumbing’s function during the harsher months of the year. Here are a few good tips to consider:
- Locate and be aware of any exposed pipes or plumbing in your home. These places are at the most risk for freezing if they’re in a place that doesn’t receive direct heating, such as a basement or plumbing closet.
- Learn where your main shutoff valve is, in case a burst pipe occurs and your home starts to fill with water.
- Keep your home at a decent temperature at all times, to prevent temps from dropping to a point where stagnant water might freeze in your pipes.
- Run your taps every hour on days when the temperature drops below zero, to keep water moving.
Winter can be devastating to homes with unprepared plumbing—do your part to make sure your plumbing is ready to stand against all that Mother Nature has to throw against it this winter season.