The arrival of winter often brings with it various plumbing problems which can potentially cause serious damage to your property. From frozen pipes to cold showers, there’s an array of issues which are brought on by the cold winter weather. With temperatures recently plummeting and a forecast of frost and snow on the way, be sure to avoid any plumbing issues this winter by following our top maintenance tips.

Prevent Clogged Drains and Gutters

Clogged drains are a common problem in many house-holds. If your drains and gutters collect too much debris, ice will form, potentially causing them to break or fall down. Before temperatures drop below freezing, clear out any leaves from your gutters and consider installing gutter guards to prevent a build-up of debris.

Pipe Insulation

In freezing conditions, pipes are liable to cracking and bursting. Therefore it is important to check that all your pipes are in good condition. Applying insulation sleeves to the pipes near the exterior of your home will guard them throughout winter, minimizing the chances of a frozen or burst pipe.  Every now and then, check the pipes in the basement and cooler areas of your home for cracks and a build-up of frost or ice.

Take Caution Cooking

Cooking grease and oils can take a real toll on drains, pipes and garbage disposals. Grease and oil are more likely to solidify and clog when your plumbing is colder, so try to avoid disposing large quantities of these substances down your sink. Always run cold water through the disposal for at least 15 seconds before and after each use.

Going Away

If you are thinking of going on holiday during the winter months, arrange for a friend or relative to pop by and check your property on a regular basis. If you plan to be away for a long period of time, it is sensible to call in a plumber to drain down the water and central heating system.

If you are worried about the safety of your home this winter and want to minimize the risks of unnecessary damage and expense, please give Heywood Heating a call, and we’d be happy to offer you our professional plumbing advice.