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Tips to Avoid a Winter Plumbing Emergency

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Winter is on its way so now is the time to make sure all your plumbing is in check to avoid a costly plumbing problem this winter! There is never a convenient time for a plumbing problem but winter time has the harshest effect on your pipes with plummeting temperatures and bad weather. At JWC Plumbing & Heating we have used our vast plumbing experience to put together a list of tips to help you prepare your plumbing for the winter weather.

Avoid Freezing Pipes – As the temperature drops water inside the pipes can easily freeze and cause them to burst, if this happens when you are away from your property then the results can be catastrophic, causing damage to floors, carpets and other furniture. To reduce the chances of this happening to your pipes it is a good idea to wrap your pipes in foam that is readily available in most hardware shops. Once you have purchased the foam cut it to size and wrap around your pipes sealing it with duct tape if it is not self-adhesive.

Repair Any Existing Leaks – There is no time like the present to get a leak in your property repaired. Check all the faucets in your bathroom, utility and kitchen for drips and puddles, if you find a leak then it’s important to contact a local plumber to come and resolve the issue and get everything back in working order.

Drain Your Water Heater – If you live in an area with hard water then sediments can build up in the tank, this can cause rust, which can find its way into the water you use to drink and wash. If you have an old water heater or yours has started to rust then it’s worth considering buying a new one before the winter weather sets in.

Put Away Your Outdoor Hose – There’s not much use for your outdoor hose during the winter months so get it wrapped up and packed away until the nice weather returns. If you leave your hose connected then it can cause water left inside to freeze and expand in turn freezing your connecting pipes and faucets. So to save money on potential repairs and ensue the use of your outdoor hose next year disconnect your hose.

Drain and Close Shut off Valves Leading Outdoors – Any interior shut off valves leading outdoors need to be closed and water drained from the outside lines to avoid water freezing and causing a lot of damage.

For more information on preparing your home plumbing for winter or for any repairs contact JWC Plumbing & Heating on 0151 345 4039 to see how we can help. If you have an emergency please visit our emergency page here: https://www.jwcplumbingandheating.co.uk/24-hour-emergency-plumber-liverpool/

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