Submitted by Barron Heating
Even if you’ve put away the lawnmower for the year, don’t put your feet up just yet. As the seasons change, home maintenance is still a must as persistent cold, snow and heavy rains can take a toll on your home. From disconnecting your garden hoses and covering outdoor faucets to clearing snow from your heat pump, taking your own precautions to protect your property from the elements can help prevent equipment failure, water damage, flooding and more.
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As an added precaution, a cold-weather plumbing inspection by the experienced Barron Plumbing team is an effective way to ensure your home is ready for the season ahead. This thorough examination includes:
- Inspection of all condensing mechanical equipment, condensate drainage and closure. Why? Condensate is a by-product of the highly efficient heating process that must be removed (or drained) in order for your furnace and/or water heater to function properly. Condensate is most often drained outside, but in extreme cold, this drain can freeze and clog. Equipment failure due to frozen condensate drains is a very common cause of plumbing service calls when temperatures drop below freezing.
- Inspection of all outer hose connections. Why? Tube bibs are one of the most vulnerable pieces of furniture in your home when temperatures drop below freezing. Because of the way tube bibs are constructed, they show no signs of damage until used under pressure, meaning problems won’t arise until temperatures warm up again. Replacing hose carriers is very common in our area in spring due to damage from winter cold.
- Inspection of exposed water pipes. Why? All exposed water lines are at risk of freezing, which can cause costly leaks or ruptures in your plumbing system. Our team will inspect the plumbing in your crawl space, attic, closets and on your water heater to ensure all plumbing is properly insulated and not directly exposed.
- Verification that irrigation systems are isolated and shut down for the winter. Why? If irrigation lines are not properly protected and shut down, they can freeze, leading to costly repairs and high water bills if not found quickly.
- Confirmation of the location of the main water shut-off. Why? Whether it’s a burst pipe, a water heater failure, or an appliance malfunction, when an emergency strikes, knowing how to turn off your water is essential.
- Provision of a detailed report and recommendations. Why? We strive to be a team of knowledge and support you can count on. All cold weather inspections are completed with a detailed report that includes photos and explanations of the findings, as well as recommendations for further service if found.
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Whether it’s from clogged drains or burst pipes, plumbing companies see 50% more calls during the holiday season. No wonder, because the demands on our systems increase in the winter months when the outside temperatures drop. From comprehensive inspections of outdoor hose connections to exposed water lines and condensate drains, a cold-weather plumbing inspection from Barron Plumbing is a smart step in protecting your home. For a limited time, this cold-weather package is being offered for just $99.95—a small price to help prevent all-too-common plumbing emergencies. Our team of experts will be happy to help you! As your home and building performance experts in the Pacific Northwest since 1972, we stand by our mission to improve lives.