Winter Plumbing Maintenance Tips
The cold weather has crept in and to prepare for the winter season ahead, here are some essential plumbing maintenance tasks you need to do to ensure you have problem-free plumbing this winter.
- Check for leaks
Winter is the worst time to experience pipe leaks as the weather gets much colder and pipes are more prone to freezing up and bursting. Make it a priority to check all your outdoor pipes and carefully examine any exposed pipes. Checking your indoor taps, sinks and showerheads are also important too, as a leak coming from something inside your home could suggest a bigger problem underneath your home.
We get a lot of rain here in Perth during the winter time, so check and make sure your roof has no leaks. If you’re not sure how to find and fix a roof leak, we’ve got a great article on it here.
- Organise a pipe inspection
Whether or not you suspect a problem with your plumbing, calling in a professional to inspect your pipes before winter comes in will ensure everything is in best shape for the next few months ahead. Professional plumbers use technology such as drain cameras to carefully and precisely inspect drains and pinpoint any problem areas.
- Develop measures to prevent blocked drains
Some of the most common causes of blockages can be fixed with the simplest solutions. Consider fitting your bath and shower drains with strainers to catch hair, soap chips and other large debris from collecting inside your drains. Avoid pouring oils and fats down your kitchen sink and clear food scraps off plates in the bin before washing and rinsing them in the sink.
- Do a health check of your taps and sinks
Check for leaks and moisture underneath your sinks. If your tap is leaking, you should get it fixed as soon as possible. A leaking tap can cause thousands of litres of water waste. Clean out your overflow holes to prevent damage due to overflowing.
- Check your stormwater drain, downpipes and gutters
Make sure that your gutters are clear and water can flow freely through it as well as your downpipes. If you don’t go through this step of clearing out your stormwater drain, downpipes and gutters, you could experience leaks and overflows when it starts to rain.