Even if you live in a southern state like Georgia, the weather can change, temperatures can drop, and before you know it, you’ll be calling a plumber because of frozen pipes. Therefore, there are steps an Atlanta-area homeowner can take to prevent this nightmare from taking place.
Estes Services wants all homeowners to prepare for a severe winter even though it might not happen. Preparation will save you money and time. So call Estes Services today to make sure you are ready for the big chill.
Plumber Tip #1 – Beware the winter wind
Cold wind is the enemy. Anywhere cold air can seep into the home should be insulated. Place foam insulation around foundation vents and any cracks or crevices in the foundation which allow air to enter.
Contact Estes Services and schedule services with our plumbers to properly inspect your plumbing indoors. If you require more insulation for your pipes, our plumbers suggest the best options to fit your budget.
The insulation keeps the pipes from freezing and will help keep the hot water warm as it travels throughout the home. Also, pipes in the attic, crawl space and garage are at a higher risk of freezing than piping in the basement where a heating system is located.
Plumber Tip #2 – Give your water heater a coat
Some water heaters are installed in an area of the home where there is no insulation. If this is the case, wrap the water heater in an insulation blanket. This saves money on utilities by keeping energy enclosed.
Estes Services offers water heater services, and our plumbers will ensure your heater is ready to handle the winter temperatures and to prevent your pipes from freezing.
Plumber Tip #3 – Remove outdoor water hoses
Once warm weather has left, and there is no need for the outdoor water hose – drain and store it for the winter. Some outdoor faucets are frost-proof, but this will not apply unless the water hose is disconnected.
If the outdoor water faucet is not frost-proof, close the interior shut-off valve leading to the faucet. Then open and drain the spigot and install a faucet insulator. Additionally, don’t forget to winterize outdoor kitchens.
For more help with your outdoor lines, contact Estes Services. Our plumbers are experienced and know what potential signs to look for in regards to frozen pipes.
Plumber Tip #4 – Be careful with the thermostat
In colder months, it is tempting to lower the thermostat to save money. The U.S. Department of Energy warns against lowering the temperature as a homeowner might sacrifice water pipes.
How much a thermostat can be lowered depends on the location of the house, where the pipes are located within the home, and how well those pipes are insulated. So ask for temperature suggestions from a licensed plumber from Estes Services.
Call an Estes Plumber in Atlanta for Maintenance, Repair, Prevention and Installs
If your water pipes freeze and burst, call a plumber at Estes Services immediately. Our licensed plumbers are ready to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We serve communities in the greater Atlanta area such as Marietta, Johns Creek, Peachtree City, Buckhead and Decatur.
Our fast and courteous responders take control of the situation and provide you with peace of mind. Contact Estes Services for all your plumbing needs this winter.