Even though you may have put your lawnmower down for a year, don’t get your feet wet just yet. With the seasons changing, home maintenance is still a must, as prolonged cold, snow, and heavy rain can take a toll on your home. From untwisting your garden hoses and covering outdoor faucets to removing snow from a heat pump, taking precautions to protect your property from the elements can help prevent equipment failure, plumbing damage, flooding, and more.
As an added layer of precaution, a cold-weather plumbing check from experienced Barron Plumbing is an effective way to ensure your home is prepared for the upcoming season. This comprehensive examination includes:
- Inspection of all mechanical equipment for condensation, condensate drain operation, and termination. why? Condensate is a by-product of the highly efficient heating process that must be flushed (or drained) in order for the furnace and/or water heater to operate properly. Condensate often drains to the outside, but in extreme cold conditions, that drain can freeze and block. Equipment faults caused by frozen condensate drains are a very common cause of calls to plumbing services when temperatures reach sub-freezing levels.
- Check all external hose connections. why? Hose aprons are some of the most vulnerable fixtures in your home when temperatures drop below freezing. Because of the way hose boilers are built, they will not show signs of damage until they are used under pressure, which means that problems will not appear until temperatures rise again. It is very common to replace hose bibs in our area in the spring due to damage caused by the winter cold.
- Examine exposed water lines. why? Any exposed water lines are at risk of freezing, which can cause a costly leak or outage to your plumbing system. Our team will check the water lines in your crawl space, in your attic, inside your tanks, and in your water heater to ensure that all lines are properly insulated and located away from direct exposure.
- Verify that irrigation systems are insulated and turned off for the winter. why? If not properly protected and sealed, irrigation lines can freeze, leading to costly repairs and high water bills if not caught quickly.
- Confirm the location of the main water shut off. why? Whether it is due to a pipe burst, water heater failure, or equipment failure, if an emergency situation occurs, it is imperative to know how to shut off the water.
- Provide a detailed report and recommendations. why? We strive to be a team of knowledge and support you can count on. All cold weather inspections will end with a detailed report that includes photos and explanations of the results, as well as recommendations for any other services if any.
Whether it’s clogged drains or burst pipes, plumbing companies have the expertise 50% more calls during the holiday season. It is not surprising that the demand on our systems increases in the winter months as the temperatures drop outside. From comprehensive inspections of outdoor hose connections to exposed water lines and condensate drains, Barron Plumbing’s Cold Weather Plumbing Inspection is a smart step in home protection. For a limited time, this cold weather pack is offered for just $99.95—a small price to prevent all-too-common plumbing emergencies. Our expert team is ready to help! As the Pacific Northwest’s home-building and performance experts since 1972, we stand true to our mission to improve lives.