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The Quick Plumbing Checklist

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If you are a seasoned homeowner, then you know the importance of regular plumbing inspections. By inspecting your plumbing you can help avoid problems, and potentially disaster to your home. If you are a plumber, we offer great contractor storage options.

Plumbing Checklist

Insulate Pipes

Adding a thick layer of pipe insulation around exposed pipes can help prevent them from freezing. Measure your pipes first and find the appropriate-size foam tube at your local hardware store. The tube has a slit to allow it to fit over pipes, but you may need to cut it down to fit the length. Secure with duct tape if it doesn’t have self-adhering edges. Pipes that are in unheated areas are the most likely to freeze, while pipes that have frozen previously are more susceptible to damage. Adding heat tape to these pipes before insulating them, by following the manufacturer’s instructions, can offer an extra layer of protection.

Air Circulation

Open cabinet doors below kitchen and bathroom sinks to allow warm air in to circulate. Be sure to clear out any safety hazards from open cabinets that small children could access.

Inspect Sump Pump

Test your sump pump regularly to ensure it’s operating properly. Sump pump discharge lines can freeze, which can cause the pump to run continuously until the motor burns out. A failed sump pump could lead to a basement flood.

Inspect and Drain Water Heater

Drain and flush your hot water heater to ensure it’s operating at peak efficiency during winter weather. Checkout this great water heater guide.

Drip Faucets

Turn on water at faucets located along exterior walls overnight or during days when the temperatures drop below freezing to create a slow, steady drip. That will eliminate pressure that can build between the faucet and an ice blockage, so even if the pipe freezes, it’s less likely to burst. Never try to thaw a frozen pipe with an open flame. Try using a hand-held hair dryer at its lowest setting, but never use near water to avoid electrocution. Be prepared to shut off the main water line if you discover a break in a pipe.

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