The summer weather presents its own set of wear and tear risks for your home – but, the winter is especially harsh on the various systems used to make your house run.
While your heating system gets used a lot during the winter weather – your plumbing system is the one that is most at-risk from the cold weather.
Your plumbing system is both at-risk for reduced energy-efficiency and for plumbing disasters.
Much of your home’s plumbing system is buried in the ground outside of your home. This exposure to the outside temperatures and elements can make your plumbing system especially vulnerable to reduced energy efficiency.
In fact, if you do a study of your power bills, you will likely find that your plumbing system is the least energy-efficient during the winter months.
Thankfully, there are some things that you can do to ensure that your plumbing system retains as much energy-efficiency as possible:
- Wrap your water heater with an insulated blanket to buffer against the cold temperatures.
- Make sure to have your septic or sewer system professional inspected and have any small issues repaired or addressed before they escalate to major problems.
- Wrap heat tape or pipe sleeves around any exposed plumbing that is installed in an outside facing wall
- Add hose bib covers on all of the outside hose spigots that are around your home
Use these tips to ensure that your home is protected from the cold temperatures and that the energy efficiency of your plumbing system is intact. Keep an eye on your monthly power and water bills and adjust your efficiency plan as necessary.