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Four Tips to Prevent Water Damage this Winter

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The cold winter months can bring an increase in plumbing problems. When a home?s plumbing system is not used frequently, such as during a bathroom renovation or an extended vacation, the pipes can freeze and require a sewer line replacement. This can be an expensive and time consuming project. This winter, prevent freeze break repairs with these tips.

Avoid making plumbing changes during the winter
It is usually best to avoid making any large plumbing changes during the winter months. Waiting until spring can prevent you from needing an entire sewer line replacement. Try not to change out plumbing pipes, toilets, or bathtubs until the weather is warmer. You have to turn off the water for many of these projects and if a problem occurs, you might have to leave the water off for many days. Without the ability to run warm water through the plumbing pipes, they are at risk of freezing.

Leave water dripping in unoccupied houses
It can be difficult to remember to run the water in a house that you do not live in. If you are going to be away from an unoccupied house for many days or even weeks, it can be useful to leave the water dripping. You might get a little higher of a water bill, but you won?t have to worry about your pipes freezing and having to have an entire sewer line replacement. Most homes have some type of water leak anyway. Approximately 10% of homes have leaks that waste about 90 gallons or more per day. While you do want to fix these water leaks to improve efficiency, these changes should wait until the spring.

Update your home?s sewer lines
Plumbing systems used today do not freeze as easily. You can prevent a costly sewer line replacement by scheduling your sewer line replacement. If you are prepared for the costs, it tends to be more affordable. Additionally, you can cut the costs of an emergency plumber. A recent report from the American Society of Civil Engineers indicates that the nation?s 500,000 plus miles of sewer lines are on average, over thirty years old. If your sewer line has not been updated in many years, arrange to have it replaced before winter.

Have an emergency plumber on call
Most water emergencies get worse over time. For example, a minor leak can quickly turn into a home flood. The longer that the water sits in the home, the more time it has to grow mold and other harmful air bacteria. If your home?s plumbing is outdated or you are currently in the process of a bathroom remodel, it is important to have an emergency plumber on call. If you experience any plumbing problems or sewer line repairs, you can have them taken care of as soon as possible. Approximately 93% of all water damage can be prevented.

Household plumbing problems can be much worse during the winter months. In many parts of the country, the air is so cold that it can freeze water. If plumbing pipes freeze, they can crack, and cause sewer line problems. While it is best to wait for bathroom remodel projects until the weather is warmer, this is not always a possibility. To prevent water sewer problems, always keep water running through the plumbing pipes, avoid reworking the entire plumbing, and have an emergency plumber on call. It also might be a good idea to replace the sewer line and plumbing pipes before the winter.

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