While we may not initially think about it, the cold months of winter are an extremely important time of year for the plumbing system in your home. Some of the biggest catastrophes can happen during this time, and those problems are the most difficult, annoying and even downright painful to fix while it’s freezing cold out.

Any change in season is a good time to inspect and maintain your home’s plumbing system. In this short blog post series, we’ve laid out some helpful tips that you can follow to help make sure your home plumbing is flowing like a champ this winter. Below is second and final part to this blog post series:

  • Flush sediment from your water heater. You probably already know water heaters are big contributors to your energy costs. What you may not know, however, is that sediment buildup in your water heater can be a drain on its efficiency. Heat that should be solely heating water can instead work to heat up the sediment, wasting valuable energy. Draining this sediment, or having it done professionally, can potentially save you big.
  • Don’t forget about your outdoor plumbing. If water hoses and other outside faucets aren’t properly disconnected or closed up (often closed on the interior), there could be issues with that uncommon (but very possible) hard freeze. If this isn’t dealt with before the winter season, you run the risk of not only damaging these faucets and hoses, but cracked or burst pipes that can cause major water problems inside your home as well.
  • When in doubt, give BelRed a call. Don’t hesitate to call in the reinforcements! Plumbing is an area of home maintenance and improvement that must be taken extremely seriously. If you don’t have experience plumbing, with either small or large jobs, it’s best to have someone come in to help. A small leak or dripping faucet may be the sign of a more serious (or potential for a serious) issue. Knowledgeable experts, like the plumbing staff at BelRed can help you inspect, maintain and repair your home’s plumbing, regardless of the time of year.

As always, if you don’t feel comfortable inspecting your home’s plumbing or think there may be some issues, don’t hesitate to contact BelRed’s team of plumbing experts today

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