Winter's Coming | Plumbing Maintenance

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Winter's Coming | Plumbing Maintenance

Now’s a good time to get your plumbing inspected and to make sure any needed maintenance is done.

Winter’s coming means different things. To a Game of Throne fan, it means the start of a major saga concerning the rule of Westeros. To someone who lives in the north, it means it’s time to winterize your home before freezing temperatures and snow set in. For us in Tampa Bay, it means slightly cooler temperatures and, while we don’t have to worry about preparing our homes for sub-zero temperatures and snow drifts, it’s a good time to do fall cleaning and needed home maintenance.

Take your plumbing, for example. You certainly don’t have to make sure your pipes are insulated against freezing temperatures. But it makes good sense to periodically check to make sure it’s in good shape.

“Plumbing is not something most people consider when they routinely clean and renovate their homes. It is something that most people just expect to work all the time,” architecturelab.net says. “But as with any other machinery, plumbing also has a risk of failure from all the different elements that keep it working. So, performing a few basic checks and doing a bit of maintenance occasionally will ensure that you are not caught off guard by a sudden plumbing emergency when you least expect it.”

Architecturelab.com offers this checklist to help get you started:

  • Check faucets that you rarely use.
  • Clean your showerheads.
  • Check your hot water heater.
  • Check your water bills. Unusually high bills can indicate a plumbing leak somewhere.
  • Replace missing drain baskets.
  • Clean out your garbage disposal.
  • Check your toilets.
  • Inspect your pipes for any unwanted growth.
  • Look into the waste water intake pipe of your washing machine for signs of water damage, rust, etc.

“As the saying goes, prevention is the best cure. And it holds true for home maintenance as well. A few checks now and then can help you keep your home functioning in top condition, and avoid any expensive repairs in the future,” architecturelab.com says. “During these checks, if you find something that needs a lot of work done, and you are not sure if you can do it yourself, then dial a  professional plumbing service and have them do it for you. Because You don’t want to risk damaging something and making the situation worse.”

If you don’t have a professional plumber you can trust, call the trusted plumbing experts at Billy the Sunshine Plumber.

Billy the Sunshine Plumber has been the go-to company for plumbing repairs, maintenance and upgrades since opening almost 100 years ago in 1924. Billy the Sunshine Plumber is the trusted plumber of choice in Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties where he is available 24/7/365. Days, nights, weekends, holidays, anytime – Billy the Sunshine Plumber is always here for you.

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