5 Home Winterization Tips
Although it’s not freezing cold right now in your Van Nuys area, it’s always a benefit to yourself to stay top of mind on all the winterization tips for your home. When the leaves and the temperatures drop, it’s time to catch up on home maintenance tasks that will help winterize a home. Whether it’s checking the pipes or making sure the guttering is empty, there are many things that can be done to ensure everything is able to withstand the cold weather.
By contacting a plumber in your Van Nuys area, and having them inspect pipes and other parts of the plumbing system, many problems that can be easily fixed can be avoided.
Inspect the Water Heater
The appliance that works harder than any other during cold weather, a water heater should be thoroughly checked by a plumber for any problems. By flushing it out, any sediment that has built up can be removed. This will help avoid corrosion, which can limit the lifespan of the heater. The pressure relief valve and thermostat can also be checked and repaired if needed, ensuring the heater will work well during the coldest of days.
Check the Main Water Valve and Inside Faucets
If a pipe bursts and the water needs to be shut off in a hurry, the main water valve needs to be working properly. If it’s not, the result will be much unnecessary water damage to a home. However, this and other valves in a home are often rusted or corroded due to age and exposure to damp conditions. A plumber can inspect these valves and repair or replace any that are in poor condition, ensuring they will work if and when they are needed. Inside faucets should also be examined to check for any signs of leakage or rust, which can lead to water damage as well. Older homes are particularly susceptible to these problems, so a plumber should be called to carefully inspect these homes prior to winter.
Repair or Replace the Sump Pump and Septic System
If a basement or crawlspace is prone to flooding, chances are they have a sump pump. However, when the weather turns cold the pumps can freeze and fail to properly pump out the water. Therefore, they should be repaired or replaced if they are experiencing problems. The home’s sewer line should also be inspected and cleaned, making sure there will not be a large mess awaiting when the pipe breaks and spills sewage inside the home. If a home has a septic tank, it should be inspected for cracks and pumped out before winter as well.
Winter is almost upon us in the Van Nuys, CA area. To get the best advice on winterizing your home, call Expert Plumbing and Rooter Inc at 818-474-1109 today!