Winter in North Central Florida typically means chilly temperatures in the daytime and sometimes even frigid weather on cold nights. Fortunately, residents of our state can avoid having to deal with several inches of snowfall and the implications of snow on their plumbing systems. Even so, Floridians aren’t immune from the effects of cold weather on their plumbing systems. While winters here are milder, we still may have below-freezing temperatures. Getting your plumbing ready ahead of time in preparation for the winter season can save you money and hassle when cold temperatures arrive.
Here, experts at our plumbing company in Ocala and Gainesville discuss how to best prepare your residential or commercial plumbing system for winter. Contact us to learn more about our available plumber services and to request plumbing service for your home or business!
Fix Any & All Leaks
If the faucets in your home or business leak, and you’ve put off repairing the issue, now is the time to take care of it. Even minor leaks can waste a significant amount of water, and the problem can become more severe over time. Additionally, waiting to repair your plumbing issue can result in more expensive and difficult repairs down the line. Ensure all faucets and sinks in your home or business are in good working condition to prevent any winter weather-related issues to your plumbing system.
Insulate The Outdoor Pipes
Even in North Central Florida, pipes that are not sufficiently insulated can freeze over, particularly during cold snaps when temperatures fall below freeing. If your property’s plumbing system features pipes made from copper, you should know that your pipes carry a high risk of freezing. However, just like copper pipes, pipes made from PVC can also freeze. Any exposed piping in crawlspaces or outdoors also carries a risk of freezing. Installing the appropriate insulation material around the pipes on your property can prevent them from freezing.
Flush Your Water Heater
Over time and with regular use, a water heater can contain an accumulation of sediment. When this happens, your water heater will run less efficiently, and its functional lifespan will likely be shorter than you expect. A good way to combat these issues is by regularly flushing out your water heater’s tank. This task is particularly important when preparing your plumbing for cold weather. When water freezes, it expands, and that means that the built-up sediment in the tank will expand along with the frozen water, potentially resulting in cracks and leaks in the system. That is why it’s critical that you flush your water heater before the first cold snap!
Schedule Plumbing Services
When you need plumbing services in Gainesville or Ocala, Sunshine Plumbing and Gas is your top choice! Our full-service plumbing repair company is licensed, bonded, and insured, so you can have peace of mind that your plumbing system is getting the highest-quality services possible. Our skilled plumbing technicians can inspect your plumbing and make any necessary adjustments and repairs in preparation for the winter season ahead. Contact us today to schedule plumbing services for your home or business!