While plumbing maintenance for your home may not rank high on the New Year’s resolution list, it’s one of the best ways to save money and prevent major pipe problems. Preparing your pipes for the next 12 months can be done in just a few easy steps. Since winter weather continues into the New Year, begin with some basic pipe preparation work.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
Follow our DIY maintenance steps to prevent your pipes from freezing:
- Insulate pipes: Run heat cable along the pipes and cover with insulation. The cable will keep the temperature of the pipes steady. Without the cable, pipes may still freeze.
- Close outdoor water valves: Turn off water sources to outside faucets and cover exposed nozzles with dome covers.
- Open cabinet doors: If temperatures take a dive, open your kitchen and bathroom cabinets. The warm air will circulate the pipes, preventing freezing.
- Run water: A slow drip from the faucet will help water from freezing inside your pipes.
As you prepare for the months ahead, walk around your home and perform a visual inspection for any cracks or gaps that need to be filled. Use spray foam or caulk to close off the openings.
Preventative Plumbing Maintenance
Protect your pipes through the winter and beyond by creating a plumbing maintenance plan. A sewer camera inspection should top your list of preventative care. A camera inspection will tell you about the current condition of your pipes and help you decide what type of treatments are needed.
A sewer camera inspection allows a professional plumber to determine which pipes are affected by buildup, invasive tree roots, deterioration, or cracks. The live video will also reveal the age of your plumbing, pipe materials, and next steps in pipe care.
Pipe cleaning, like hydro jetting, is a preventative care element that clears your pipes of years of debris and shows any cracks or damage that need repair. The cleaning method is eco-friendly and uses the power of water to forcefully remove tree roots, waste, sediment, and other debris.
Prepare your pipes for the new year by scheduling your sewer camera inspection and planning for a hydro jetting service. Keeping your pipes clean helps prevent blockages and will help your plumbing system last longer.