Preparing Your Pipes for the Winter

The cold months are fast approaching, which means a shift in focus for MaintenX teams across the country. Every year we prepare for common winter maintenance issues, including freezing pipes and line breaks due to improper maintenance. Therefore, our primary goal is to help clients reduce the risk of piping issues with proper preventative care services and advice. 

Below are four tips you can use to prevent piping issues during winter at your commercial facility: 

Paint exterior faucets. 

This will make them easier for your plumber to find in an emergency. If your plumbing freezes or there is a major line break, your plumber will need to turn off exterior faucets quickly to get the job done. By painting these faucets, you will be one step ahead of emergency plumbing repairs in winter. 

Invest in insulation. 

One of the main reasons that facility plumbing starts to have issues in winter is because it is not properly insulated. If you’re unsure of whether your facility has proper plumbing insulation, contact your Local MaintenX plumber for a consultation. They can help you determine the needs of your indoor and outdoor plumbing and help you prepare for the coldest months. 

Check your water heater. 

Many plumbing issues in winter stem from an insufficient water heater within the facility. If your water heater won’t heat properly, has corrosion or damage, or is starting to develop mineral deposits, you will need to schedule repairs or potentially replace your water heater entirely. Schedule preventative care services before winter to prevent this major inconvenience. 

Monitor your HVAC system. 

Believe it or not, oftentimes the reason that pipes freeze in the winter is because the facility interior is not being warmed efficiently. A low-performance heater will create poor conditions for your interior plumbing. This can lead to damage over time, plus having an insufficient heater will make your occupants uncomfortable while in the facility. Keep an eye out for HVAC issues as winter approaches. 

With these tips in mind, you should be able to prevent most piping issues during winter. However, emergencies happen, and you’ll want to have a reputable emergency maintenance contractor on-call. MaintenX offers 24/7 emergency repair services for clients in 13 states. We offer reliable services and affordable pricing to keep your facility in top-notch condition year-round. 

To learn more about our preventative and emergency services, contact your local MaintenX team today!

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