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How to Prepare Plumbing Systems for Winter

Many homeowners don’t pay much attention to their plumbing systems until something goes wrong, which results in lost time and money.

Burst water pipes can lead to massive damage, especially when it happens inside your home, and winter time is often a troublesome period due to the fact that you may not be properly prepared.

To help you ensure that your plumbing system is ready to handle the drastic drop in temperatures, here are some handy tips to follow:

Deal with leaks:

Not only is this important in managing your water bill and using water efficiently, but it will also prevent freezing. Even the smallest of leaks opens the door of opportunity for freezing to occur within pipes.

Add insulation:

Not all pipes are covered within walls or in the roof. Exposed pipes should be covered with insulation foam or heat tape, which will ensure that they are protected when the temperature drops.

Get a plumber:

As much as you can prepare at home, ensuring that a regular check is done on geysers will ensure that you limit the chance of sudden faults that can prove disastrous.

Turn off water to outside taps:

Cut water to any outside taps as this can prevent pressure build up due to freezing, which in turn can lead to leaks or breaks in your water lines.

Know where to find the water main:

This seems like a simple tip, but it is surprising how many homeowners don’t know where to access their water mains. In the event of an emergency, accessing and turning off the water mains as quickly as possible can be the difference between a slight problem and major costs.

For professional assistance with plumbing systems and plumbing supplies, be sure to contact Comap Southern Africa today and they will gladly provide further assistance.

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