Keeping my home warm and cozy is high on my list of winter priorities. If you’re anything like me, you’re looking forward to some hot cocoa by the fireplace and a good book. But when your home has plumbing problems in the winter, it can throw a wrench into those cozy plans. So what are the 5 best plumbing services to get checked out going into winter?
Five of the best plumbing services to check up on in October and November are your water heater, pipes, outdoor hose bibs, and your water and gas lines. Some, you’ll be able to inspect yourself. For others, it’s easier and safer to have a licensed plumber take a look.
The 5 Best Plumbing Services to Check Going into Winter
There’s only one thing worse than a cold shower, and that’s a cold shower in the winter! If you’re worried about your electric or gas water heater, you should definitely go ahead and get it checked out before it’s too late.
one of the most common signs of trouble in water heaters is when they start to leak. And if it turns out to be a complete failure of the unit, it may be a good time to think about saving money over the long run with a more efficient, longer-lasting model. We often encourage folks to consider upgrading to a tankless water heater or even a hybrid model if they can afford it in the short term.
In cold weather, frozen water can end up expanding until it bursts a pipe. Without proper insulation and/or heat tape, this can happen in any home. As this can cause major damage and costly repairs, it’s always wise to get the pipes in your home checked. Especially before a big freeze. And while temperatures don’t look like they’ll be getting as low as they sometimes do in Columbus this year, you might be surprised at the damage poorly insulated pipes can cause. That’s why we believe your pipes are one of the best plumbing services to take a look at this winter.
Winterizing your hose bibs is a small investment you will never regret. Homes that don’t have frost-free hose bibs run the risk of freezing over the winter. When one spring rolls around and suddenly you can’t connect the garden hose, it’s probably because the temperatures warped your faucet or spigot’s hose bib.
As Desert Sun points out, winter is a time when gas consumption in the home tends to go up. For this reason, it’s a good time to get a quick and inexpensive gas line inspection. Remember: if it happens in your home, it’s your responsibility.
“The gas company is responsible for maintaining the gas lines up to the meter; the homeowner is responsible for everything on the other side of the meter.”
— Patrick Somers, Desert Sun
If you’ve ever had a water line burst, you don’t even have to read the rest of this. You already know exactly why a busted water line in the winter is bad news. No one wants to be dealing with that.
The property damage that can result from even a couple of hours of a leaking water line is significant. Not to mention the cost of water waste. Obviously, we want to help you avoid this! That’s why water lines make our list as some of the best plumbing services to check on as the snow starts to fall.
The best plumbing companies know exactly what to look for. Plumbing One can do a quick home inspection to ensure that all of these areas are in tip-top shape for the upcoming season.
So light up that fireplace and ready the marshmallows! This is going to be one cozy winter. We hope you take our advice, play it safe, and consider inspecting the 5 best plumbing services to pay attention to this winter.