Preparing Your Plumbing System for the Cold Season

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It’s never too early to start prepping your home for the cold temperatures during winter. Temperatures will reach all-time low levels again and your home will have to endure the consequences of prolonged exposure to ice. These may include ice dams, clogged roof gutters, frozen water pipes, and leaks all over the house. That said, it makes sense to take all the necessary precautions and preventive measures as early as now.

Find out how you can prepare your home, especially your plumbing system, for the upcoming winter season.

Winterize Your Pipes

Winter will take a toll on your water pipes if you’re not careful enough. The freezing temperature can make the moisture or water in your pipes freeze. When left unattended, this can cause your pipes to break and leak, setting you up for worse and costlier problems.

To avoid headaches, you should learn how to winterize your plumbing system. This process will help you save money and keep you comfortable throughout the cold season. It involves draining all water from your pipes, emptying your water heater tank, and applying an antifreeze solution to the plumbing fixtures.

Invest in a Buffer Tank

Your water heater tank can only hold water that is within its normal capacity. Also, the rapid fluctuation of water temperature can cause the ‘short cycling’ of the heater, which can damage the equipment in time. To avoid this, experts recommend adding a hot water buffer tank, which will allow your system to accommodate more water.

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Having a buffer tank increases your heating system’s efficiency, as the extra capacity helps prevent short cycling and allows your family to continuously enjoy hot water at home. Talk to the nearest supplier of high-quality water tanks in your area to find out which type or size of a tank is best for your property.

Check Your Insulation

Winter can be unforgiving for those who are not fully prepared. For example, cold air can seep through the cracks and openings on your walls, roofs, doors, and windows. When this happens, your home’s air conditioning system will be less efficient. You will need to operate your heater for a longer period, making it more prone to damage and breakdown. Additionally, faulty insulation can cause your utility bill to skyrocket because your heating system will consume more energy just to achieve the comfortable for your home.

Now is the time to check your insulation system to see if it works perfectly fine. Look for openings and cracks, and then seal them immediately. If you don’t have an insulation system yet, contact an insulation company in your area right away. You have a variety of options when it comes to insulation. Your contractor will help you choose the best one for your property. They can also provide repair services if necessary.

Your home should be ready for the winter so that you can live comfortably throughout the season. Keep these things in mind when you finally decide to prepare your home for the cold season. For more tips and ideas, you may browse home improvement blogs or consult with the experts.

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