Are you excited that summer is over and that winter is on its way? Have you recently purchased a home and this will be your first holiday season in your new home? Winter can be great, especially after the heat of summer, but it's also something that you need to be prepared for. If this is your first year in your home, it's important to make sure that you're not going to have any plumbing issues this winter. Things like leaky pipes can be much worse in the winter because the water may not be able to dry fully. This is why you should at least consider doing the following.
Have a line inspection: One of the last plumbing issues you want to deal with in the winter is going to be a blocked sewer line. If it snows where you are, you and the plumber could have to dig around in the snow for an extensive period of time to find the sewer line just so that it can be snaked out properly. By having it checked out and having any issues that are identified taken care of immediately, you're not going to have to worry about needing to deal with a blocked line when it's frozen outside.
Insulate your pipes: Whether or not it freezes often where you are, non-insulated pipes can be a danger to your home. It only needs to freeze once for sections of your home's plumbing to burst and start to leak everywhere. By having a professional plumber insulate all of your pipes, you're not only preventing frozen pipes but you're also helping the hot water to last longer and go farther. In the summer, insulated pipes will also result in your tap water coming out at a cooler temperature instead of being too hot or even just too uncomfortably warm to drink.
Fix outdoor leaks: An outdoor faucet that drips every so often might not be so bad during the summer months. After all, it dries up quickly so there's no need to worry, right? During the winter, even a very small plumbing leak can result in rot and other serious issues. If you live in a warmer climate, this water can provide moisture to various pests who want to move in. The sooner you get a professional to fix the leak, the better things will be and the fewer issues that you'll have to worry about.
Contact a company like Travers Plumbing & Heating Inc for more information.