Ray Plumbing North York Toronto Fall Winter Plumbing Tips
Excessive temperature changes, humidity rise and fall, can all have an impact on your plumbing system during Fall and Winter months. Some homeowners take their plumbing maintenance for granted and sooner or later need to get a help from a plumber to deal with issues such as burst pipes, clog drain or leaky faucets. At Ray Plumbing North York Toronto, we are providing you with some basic plumbing tips which will assist you in maintaining your plumbing system working efficiently regardless of the weather outside. For us living in Toronto, considering the climate, plumbing maintenance is very important, our technicians at Ray Plumbing North York are available 24/7 to provide Emergency Plumbing Services in North York. Below are list of some simple plumbing tips during Fall and Winter.
One of the most common causes of burst pipe is extreme temperature changes. When the water becomes frozen, it will put a great amount of pressure on the pipes. While most pipes are designed to withstand these climate changes, they might eventually burst if they expand and contract every season. Insulating your pipes with strips of polyethylene is a simple task that can be easily done. Pipes that are in garages and attics are most disposed to burst, and they need to be inspected at least once every year. Interesting article by Consumerreports:
It is much easier to fix a leaky pipe or faucet when the weather is quite pleasant outside. Once the weather starts to cool down, cracks and holes will start to expand as the water begins to freeze around the damage. Faucet leaks and slow drips can usually be fixed by replacing the gaskets or tightening the pins. Larger cracks and holes in your pipes should only be taken care of by an experienced plumber. Most home repair kits are only designed to be temporary solutions, and damaged pipes can burst when the temperature drops below freezing. Plumbing system should always be examined
Water heaters must be examined multiple times a year in order to run efficiently. Just before fall and winter, you need to completely drain and refill the water heater to get rid of any residue. As you are draining the tank, you must allow the water to run through the system until it is completely clean. If your water heater is making any noises or generating uncommon smells, then it needs to be inspected by a licensed plumber in Toronto. These issues are usually caused by thick layers of residue that should be drained and removed with professional tools.
All of the faucets that will be visible to freezing temperatures should be turned off and drained. Depending on the structure of your plumbing system, there might be a drain on each individual faucet or a single drain near the primary shut-off valve. Also all of the hoses from the faucets should be removed and stored indoors. Most plastic and rubber products are not made to withstand the elements, and therefore they will most likely become damaged if they are left outside during fall and winter. If these hoses are not removed, they can eventually create quite a bit of pressure inside the faucets and end up cracking the gaskets or valves.
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