Plumbers (υδραυλικοί) are ready to help their customers make sure that their homes are ready for the upcoming winter weather. They have come up with a list of ideas that will help their customers ensure that their homes are ready for the cold months that are quickly approaching. Plumbers first idea is to make sure that the pipes in the house are properly insulated.
Some pipes are in locations of the home that quickly cool off when the heat is not on. These locations are mostly in the basement or near an exterior wall. These pipes need to be covered with an inexpensive pipe insulation that can be purchased at any hardware store.
Even if people live in an urban location with a trustworthy source of power, they need to be ready just in case the heat is not on for a few days. For those people that can do it, insulating all of their plumbing pipes will provide an extra layer of protection against the cold temperatures.
Typically, if the plumbing is under the house or in a place where there is no heat, they are more than likely already insulated. Make sure that the insulation has not worn away and that animals have not damage it before winter begins, and think about installing self-regulated heat cable or heat tracing on exterior piping for additional protection.
Keep your homes heated
Even if people are not home for any amount of time, especially if they are going to be gone for a few days or more, plumbers strongly recommend that they keep their heaters on and do not keep the temperature lower than ten to twelve degrees Celsius.
Unless a person has a very fancy thermostat, the temperature may get lower in outlying areas of their home that the heat from the thermostat does not reach. Another thing that people may want to consider is buying an alarm system that alerts them when the temperatures vary greatly in their home or purchasing a quality thermostat that has the additional perk of being extra cool.
A person can check up on the majority of alarm systems. A quality system can be accessed remotely with a smartphone and can turn the heat up and down with just the push of a button.
If a person is concerned about specific locations in their home, the alarm system is probably the best choice because they can purchase temperature sensors that can be put in whatever areas of the house that they are needed, like a crawlspace that does not get much heat going to it or next to a furnace.
Check the pipes from appliances and check the roof and skylights
Right before winter is also a good time to check the pipes that are connected to appliances like the washing machine, dishwasher, and other appliances that use a lot of water. Since the appliances probably vibrate when they are used, they can easily shake the connections and seals loose.
The hot water heater and dehumidifier need to be checked and any maintenance items that the manufacturer recommends need to be taken care of. The shingles on roofs need to be taken care of to see if they are in need of being fixed or replaced.
If they are curling up on the edges, or a bad patch in the roof can be seen, a professional roofer may need to be hired. If a person knows how to do it, they can replace them by themselves. Any skylights and windows that may get covered in snow are sealed tight to ensure that water from melting snow can’t get inside a house.
If you need anything else or need help in any way to prepare for the winter, do not hesitate to call Professional handymen. They will do all they can to help you ward off any damage that may happen to your home during the winter.