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Helpful Winter Plumbing Advice (Part 2)

When it comes to preparing your home’s plumbing for the winter season, there’s just so much to do. That’s why we’re continuing our discussion of common winter plumbing issues and what you can do to avoid them. In case you missed part 1, here’s the link.

Without further ado, let’s dive into some more cold weather plumbing tips...

Make Sure Your Sump Pump Is In Full Working Order

Your sump pump is an absolutely critical piece of plumbing equipment. This device makes sure that pooling water is pumped out of the low places in your home. Before the winter weather hits, you’ll want to make sure you’ve inspected your sump pump to ensure it’s in full working order and that the pit is free of build up. Which could inhibit the flow of water.

Next, you’ll want to test the flow of your pit. Simply fill it with water and make sure the pump is doing its job. If you have any issues, however, you’ll want the help of a professional. Basement floods are no job and a professional plumber will give you peace of mind that your sump pump will do its job when it needs to.

Insulate Your Exposed Pipes

This is a fairly simple thing to do and can be done with a piece of insulating foam. Simply look around your basement and garage to see if there are any exposed pipes without insulation. Wrap some foam around them and tape it. This easy step goes a long way in preventing pipe freezes.

Water Heater Inspections

There are few things more relaxing during the winter than taking a hot shower to warm yourself up after a day of playing outside. However, if your hot water heater is on the fritz, that shower will turn into a highly unpleasant experience really quickly.

Traditional water heaters are particularly vulnerable to sediment deposits and rust formation. This not only impedes its performance, but pretty much guarantees a shorter lifespan if not taken care of. Yearly inspections will ensure your water heater is running reliably and providing hot water when you need it.

However, if your water heater is a decade or more old, you might want to consider upgrading to a tankless water heating system. These systems provide nearly endless hot water, better heating efficiency, and boast a longer lifespan.

A Fort Collins Plumbing Company You Can Rely On

In many cases, some of the tips we’ve offered in this two-part series are do-it-yourself. However, some jobs are so big and ornery, that they are better off left to the professionals. For those situations, J.T. Plumbing is here to provide top-quality plumbing services in Fort Collins and the rest of the Northern Colorado area.

Whether it’s burst pipes, sewer issues deep underground, or the installation of a brand new water heater, we got you covered. Simply contact us today, and we’ll schedule your appointment ASAP.