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Ready for Winter? How to Ensure that Your Household Has Hot Water

As the start of the winter season draws nearer, the time remaining for you to make preparations for your home grows shorter. One aspect of your home that you should start protective measures for is the flow of hot water. Below, you will find four ways to ensure that your household has hot water this winter.

Insulate Your Pipes

The subzero temperatures and biting winds of winter can wreak havoc on your household plumbing. Any pipes that are exposed to the cold air run the risk of becoming frozen. Frozen pipes will cause a myriad of damages to your home and will interrupt your indoor water service. To keep your hot water running this winter, purchase and install foam pipe insulation. It’s affordable and be installed in one day for immediate protection.

Upgrade Your Water Heater

If you suspect that your water heater is nearing the end of its life, it’s best to schedule a hot water system replacement immediately. This should be done before the harsh winter weather settles in so that any interruptions to your indoor water service is brief and will cause the least amount of negative impact on your family’s daily routine. While you’re shopping for a hot water system replacement, you should invest in a system that is more energy efficient and will hold the proper amount of hot water to service the needs of your family on a daily basis.

Replace Your Pipes

If you are finding excessive leaks in your home or are experiencing an abundant amount of water clogs, it may be time to invest in the replacement of your indoor plumbing. While this can be a daunting task, it can be performed in small sections over time. This will allow the replacement job to unfold as needed while causing the least amount of inconvenience with regards to water service.

Schedule Maintenance

Regular maintenance of your entire hot water system should be performed during the last weeks of autumn. A plumbing professional should be called in to inspect your hot water tank, plumbing, faucets, and main water line to ensure that everything is in proper working order. Repairs or replacements should be made as needed.

As an added precaution against an interruption in your hot water, keep your sink cabinet doors open at night. This will allow warm air from your home to circulate around your hot water pipes to prevent them from freezing.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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