May 3, 2019
Winter is quickly leaving Rochester, and you likely took steps to protect your plumbing from the cold. Now that winter is over, take these steps to make sure your plumbing is still in tip-top shape.
#1: Reconnect Your Pipes and Water Supply Tubes
Many homeowners disconnect certain pipes from plumbing fixtures to reduce leaks and cracks. Revisit all of the pipes you disconnected and inspect the fixtures for any damage. Reconnect all of the tubes, plus any connections to your water heater, softener, and other utilities to make sure everything is in working order again.
#2: Open Your Utility Valves
Oftentimes, you shut off your water heater, boiler, and water softener during the winter. You want to turn these appliances back on during this time. Check your manuals and turn the valves on to allow water flow again.
#3: Turn on Your Main Water Supply
Once you reconnect all pipes, tubes, and valves in your home again, it is time for you to turn on your main water supply. Make sure to complete this procedure slowly – going too fast can lead to damage and leaks. Turn on the shutoff valve and, if a utility sink is near the valve, open this faucet to release trapped air.
#4: Check for Cracks and Leaks in the Pipes
The winter months can wreak havoc on your pipes, causing cracks in your pipes thanks to the cold. Once the water is flowing through your home again, check for any apparent leaks in your plumbing. If you notice leaks, call a plumber as soon as possible.
With these tips, you can reduce damage to your plumbing after Rochester’s cold winters significantly. If you do notice cracks or leaks in your plumbing after winter, contact Napora Heating & Cooling as soon as possible.