The cycle of freezing and thawing water will widen cracks, burst water supply lines and crack road surfaces, creating problems for all. Millions of dollars are spent every year on repairing damages to water supply and transport lines caused by climate and weather conditions. Meanwhile, plumbers take thousands of calls about leaks from frozen pipes during the change of season.
A leak could easily ruin an entire wall or floor. So it is necessary to conduct a thorough examination of all pipes by your plumbing contractor before an estimate is made. A professional plumbing contractor is expected to open up water lines, thoroughly inspect pipes in all locations including sinks, water heaters, and crawl spaces, and repair problems that are found. As water heaters are almost used all through the year, it would be ideal for your plumbing contractor to check and ensure leak-free operation.
With continuous usage it is natural for plaque to build-up and coat the inner surface of the pipes and faucets. During the de-winterizing process, a plumbing contractor should remove filters from faucets and purge the system of excess build-up. In addition all water valves connecting toilets, sinks, and washers need to be inspected and repaired if found necessary.Irrespective of the season, floor drains may become clogged. Your 24 hour plumber would help you remove the deposits and ensure free flowing water all through the year. If you have a water tap outdoors, make sure you insulate it. Make sure that all exposed pipes and storage systems are properly insulated, particularly in the roof space and lofts, as they are more liable to freeze in cold weather.
All cold storage tanks in the loft, including central heating expansion tanks, and all water pipes, including overflows, must be insulated by your plumbing contractor. Any water tank in the loft should be insulated around the sides and on the top with boards or insulation jackets. Water pipes should be insulated with mineral wool mat (wrapped like a bandage around the pipes and secured with tape or string) or with pre-formed pipe sleeves (available to suit different sizes of pipes and special formed sections are available for taps and stopcocks). Ensure that the pipes are completely covered with no gaps. The bodies of taps and stopcocks must also be wrapped in insulation.