If your plumbing system isn’t properly maintained, it can become incredibly costly for you during the winter. Taking proactive steps when the cold weather hits is the best course of action to prevent expensive burst pipes or floods in the spring. Appliances like your water heater and  sump pump can be overworked in the winter, and it’s important to ensure they are in perfect working order before the major freeze hits.

Check Your Water Heater

Your water heater works hard supplying hot water for your daily life. Homeowners need to check pipes for damage prevention but they should also check their water heater, too. You need to consider that the colder weather can affect your water heater; for example, it might take a bit longer to heat up your water. This takes more time and uses more energy which results in more sediment and mineral buildup in your water heater.

When you are preparing your home for the winter, we recommend you do a full flush of your water heater to remove some of the sediment and minerals that might be have built up.  

Homeowners should also think about how old their water heater is and if this could be affecting its effectiveness and efficiency. Calling a local Niagara plumbing company for a full home inspection is the perfect opportunity to examine your water heater and perform any maintenance or water heater repair required.

Ensure Your Sump Pump is Working Correctly

One of the most common causes of basement flooding is sump pump failure. There are many factors that could result in the need for sump pump repair, such as a power outage, frozen pipes, heavy rainfall or flooding outside, and lack of routine maintenance. One of the main preventative measures to ensure your sump pump is working correctly is maintenance. There is always a risk of a sump pump failing so being prepared is important. Now that winter is here, keep in mind the thaw that will happen in the spring , which could result in flooding.   Getting a local plumbing company to come out and ensure your sump pump is working correctly could save you from a soggy basement and costly damages.

Book a Full Home Inspection

Preparing your home for the winter with a full home inspection from a local plumbing company could provide perspective and insight, decreasing the likelihood of a plumbing emergency.  Contact a Niagara plumbing company to inspect your plumbing system and make sure it is working correctly could give your pipes an extended lifespan. A full home expectation can uncover plumbing problems before they happen.