Winter in Orlando typically means lows in the 50’s. While Floridians may find this chilly, northerners find it a beacon of warmth. Still, Florida isn’t immune from snow and freezing temperatures. For this reason, Drain Genie Plumbing Services offers five things you can do to prepare your plumbing for winter—just in case.

How To Prepare Your Plumbing for Winter

1. Check Your Faucets and Sinks for Leaks

A small leak can waste a lot of water and lead to expensive repairs down the road. Ensure all faucets and sinks are in good working order to avoid any cold weather-related plumbing problems.

2. Inspect Your Water Heater for Any Cracks or Leaks

Cold temperatures can cause water heaters to freeze, leading to damage and malfunctions if not properly maintained. A broken water heater can lead to extensive damage in your home. Inspect your water heater for any cracks or leaks and get them repaired immediately.

3. Flush Your Water Heater to Remove Any Built-up Sediment

Sediment can build up in your water heater over time, causing it to run inefficiently and negatively affecting its lifespan. Flushing the tank regularly will help prevent this from happening—especially important before cold weather arrives. Why? Water expands when it freezes, so the built-up sediment in your tank could cause cracks and leaks if not removed before winter.

4. Install Insulation around Your Water Pipes

Pipes that aren’t properly insulated can freeze during cold snaps—which can be catastrophic to your plumbing system. Copper pipes carry the greatest risk of freezing, but plastic pipes can freeze, too. Exposed pipes in your basement or crawlspace also carry risks. However, you can install insulation around these pipes and help keep them from freezing and potentially bursting.

5. Repair Any Cracked Tiles or Grout in Your Bathroom or Kitchen

Cracks in tiles and grout can let cold air into your home, leading to drafts and water intrusion. Water damage is one of the most common causes of home insurance claims filed each year. If you have cracked tiles or grout in your bathroom or kitchen, get them fixed before winter hits.

If you’re in the Orlando area and need plumbing services, please get in touch with Drain Genie. We offer a full range of services to help you prepare your home for winter—and keep it running smoothly all season long. From inspecting your water heater for potential problems to insulating your pipes, we can help ensure your plumbing is ready for anything winter throws our way. So don’t wait! Call us today at (407) 490-1230, and let us help you prepare for winter.