The winter season is coming to an end, and while the new season sets in, are you sure your plumbing system is unharmed? Winter can wreak havoc on your plumbing system despite having the best HVAC system in your home. This is because the cold temperatures and freezing waters affect the various plumbing components’ functionality and structural integrity.
It’s better to be safe than sorry by carrying a thorough inspection of your plumbing system to ensure it’s healthy. Here’s how you can do that.
Check the Boiler
Your boiler was perhaps the most used plumbing appliance during the winter to keep the water warm enough for daily use. However, this constant use may have put a lot of strain on the boiler, leading to wear and tear.
Begin by examining the external elements such as the valves and pipes first; look for any signs of cracks, rusting, or mould due to excess moisture. Next, make sure the pressure gauge shows appropriate pressure levels; if not, you need to adjust it properly.
Next, listen to the machine for any signs of issues on the inside. Hear for rattling, hissing, banging, or knocking sounds. If you hear any sounds, it may be time for a boiler tune-up and service, and you can contact Capital Plumbing for the same.
Inspect the Pipes
Pipes are most vulnerable to ice; water expands upon freezing, exerting excessive pressure on the pipes from within, damaging them. So, start inspecting the entire piping system and look for leaks or cracks in the pipes. If they look fine and you don’t find any leaks, your pipes survived the winter well.
Test the Fixtures
The fixtures are not so resistant to constant temperature fluctuations between cold weather and hot water. Hence, you now need to check the brackets, joints, joists, and other connecting elements that may have come loose during the winter. If you find any loose fixtures, you should tighten them immediately and test them for proper functioning.
Look for Blockages
One of the worst plumbing problems the winter season can cause is blockages in the pipes. These blockages occur when water freezes in the pipes, causing the sediments to get dislodged and stuck in the plumbing system’s interior. If this is not fixed, it can lead to water backups, low water pressure, pipe bursts, etc.
Check for blockages around the plumbing system by checking the water pressure, listening for strange noises, and the radiators for cold spots.
Not considering the damage winter can cause to your plumbing system is a mistake, and you should avoid it. If you don’t go through this checklist, the problems can worsen with time and cost you a lot of money in repairs. To avoid that, make sure your plumbing system is in good working condition after the winter months. And if you find any issues with the same, remember, Capital Plumbing is just a call away.