Let’s be real; winter around here really doesn’t hit all that hard. While much of the rest of the country is bundled up while trudging through snowy sidewalks or at least trying to stay dry from the rain, we break out our Uggs and flannels when it dips below 60 degrees. And rain? Well, if it does fall, you’d think we’ve reached dire times. But while we Californians may be a little soft to the “harsh” elements, that doesn’t mean cold temperatures and inclement weather won’t have an effect. So, you should think about ways your plumbing might be affected. Here are some tips from our Paso Robles plumbers to prevent winter plumbing problems.
Clean Gutters and Storm Drains
When the rain falls this winter, gutters and storm drains that haven’t been utilized all summer and fall can get clogged without you even realizing it. Prevent any potential flooding and associated damage by cleaning out all the debris from your gutters and storm drains. Also, if you have a basement, make sure your sump pump is in good working condition by pouring water into the crock to ensure it activates. And make sure its drain is free of any blockages, as well.
Insulate Exposed Pipes
Yes, temperatures can drop below freezing on the Central Coast, especially in the surrounding hills. That can mean burst water pipes when residual water remaining in the lines freezes and expands. So, make sure you’re prepared by insulating outdoor pipes and indoor plumbing in basements and close to exterior walls. Also, disconnect garden hoses, drain them of any existing water and cover outdoor faucets.
Inspect Sewer Drains
Outdoor drainage systems that lead to the sewer can get clogged over the course of the summer and fall and then cause flooding when the wet stuff falls. Make sure all your outdoor drainage is cleared, especially around downspouts, of all debris.
Also, winter is as good a time as any to check drains around the house to make sure they’re flowing freely. An unexpected clog can ruin a nice, hot shower on a cold day or a backed-up kitchen sink sure can sour a holiday celebration in a hurry.
Check Your Water Heater
Hot water is a necessity any time of year, but especially when it’s cold outside. And water heaters, both tankless and tank storage, require yearly maintenance, which entails draining and flushing and inspecting the heating mechanisms. Check out our water heater maintenance tips for more suggestions on how to keep yours in working order.
Winter is the best time to inspect the plumbing in your home to prevent bigger and more costly problems down the road if routine maintenance is ignored. As always, our Paso Robles plumbers are a call or click away.