When it comes to plumbing and HVAC, there are certain “cold weather” preventatives you can take that will help you maintain efficient and working systems. Harsh winter weather and seasonal gatherings can add extra stress to your plumbing system and HVAC system. Thankfully, there are proactive measures you can take to safeguard your systems throughout the winter months.
Know the location of your home’s main water valve
Just in case of a major incident – like a pipe bursting – you might need to shut off the water to your home hastily. It is crucial for you to know where the main water valve is located at your home to make sure you can turn it off in case of an emergency. Most main water valves are located near the water meter and should be kept in reasonable condition year-round. To ensure your home’s main water valve is being appropriately maintained, open, and close it once a year.
Make sure your water heater runs properly
During the wintertime, your water heater system is more important than any other time of the year. Because of this, you want to make certain that your heating system is running optimally. A professional from Lowery can service any unit by running a maintenance check and making any necessary repairs or replacements from wear or corrosion.
Don’t clog kitchen drains and disposals
When the wintertime is near, large family gatherings are likely to happen. When disposing of some of the biggest meals you’ll prepare, how you dispose of any leftovers, table scraps, and cooking-related messes can significantly impact your plumbing system. For instance, fats and oils should never be poured down your drain as they can cause blockage and clogs for your plumbing system. In terms of your garbage disposal, it is best to turn it on first before adding any food debris. After it has cleared, shut it off and run plenty of water to clear out your system for the next time.
Prepare outside drainage
The plumbing outside your home is just as important as the plumbing inside. In the winter, temperatures can drop below freezing and wreak havoc on the water pipes outside your home. Frigid temperatures can cause severe issues like ruptures and cracks to your plumbing, creating an expensive disaster. To protect against your home against frozen pipes, turn off all outside water valves when temperatures dip and wrap any pipes in un-insulated areas with foam or towels for the season.
Professionals at Lowery are trusted in maintaining your home’s plumbing and HVAC system to run efficiently and effectively. Visit us at Lowery to schedule a maintenance check on your system or call (806) 741-0519 if you encounter any plumbing and HVAC concerns you want to address before the winter season