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How To Make Sure Your Pipes Are Weatherproof

Weather plays a huge role in pipe destruction! That is, if you let it, it plays that role. However, there are many steps you should take to make sure this doesn't happen. Do you know what they are? If not, you should continue reading to learn more about how to make sure your pipes are weatherproof.

Tip: Obnoxiously loud pipes that like to squeal and hammer are easy situations to correct. You must anchor any type of exposed pipe.

You always have to ensure that you insulate all of your pipes properly. Any pipes that are exposed to the elements, including those in a less climate-controlled garage, should be insulated with pipe coverings. This will include pipes that are out back or in front of your house, leading up to your home, as well as any faucets.

Tip: Never pay a plumber until the job is complete. In some cases, you have to make a down payment prior to the first day of work.

Also, another thing you can do is to have the pipes that are outside of your home buried. Sometimes, this is easier said than done, and other times, it's an option. The ones you can't bury should be fitted with pipe coverings as was mentioned in the previous paragraph. You might notice that certain pipes have been left exposed that are easy to bury.

Tip: Never put your hands in your garbage disposal to fix a problem. A garbage disposal can be dangerous, even when it is not on.

During the winter, you're going to have to take other steps to make sure your pipes don't freeze and bust as well. On top of this, you should always be sure you keep your pipes from taking in unnecessary debris. For instance, use screens and drains that ensure that hair, food, and other debris stay out of your pipes.

Tip: Don't put things like fat, oil or grease down your drains. Grease hardens when it cools and will clog your pipes.

Other winterizing options include servicing your water heater? Of course this is important, but do you know why? If your water heater is let to fail during the winter, you could seriously be in for it. All the water running through your pipes on an ice cold day will be ice cold. It can easily freeze up your pipes, and they will bust. On top of this, you don't want to experience a busted water heater during the winter anyway.

Tip: Orange or pink discoloration on your bathroom fixtures is a solid indication that your water contains too much iron. This is something that needs to be taken care of by water softener, which you can buy at a store, or have a company come out to your house and take care of it for you.

If you have well water instead of using city water, then you're going to have to use water softener. If you don't, the water you're using isn't that great anyway, plus it will affect the pipes. Hard water can deteriorate your pipes really fast, so be sure that you take care of this situation systematically to stay on top of it.

Tip: Ensure that your sink's overflow holes are clear. Sinks use overflow holes if they start to overfill, and this isn't usually a problem, but it can be.

You especially have to think of winter when it comes to taking care of your pipes. Be sure that you continue to look into methods and strategies for winterizing your pipes. Weatherproofing is important and works in conjunction with regular maintenance as well.

When it comes to the plumbing issues in your home, many of them are unnecessary if you practice preventative maintenance on your pipes. Do what you can to ensure that you're not left with a mess and thousands of dollars in repair. It not only costs you money, but it inconveniences you, and water damage hurts more than just your pipes. Pipes are expensive enough nonetheless, so make sure you practice the tips that have been given to you here.

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