We’re in the full swing of fall and there is so much to do and to enjoy, however, there’s still a little bit of work that needs to be accomplished around the house before we can fully kick back and relax in front of the fireplace for the season. Las Vegas is known for its blisteringly hot summers, but a lot of people might not realize that in desert climates, temperatures drastically drop during fall and winter nights. Making preparation for the cold is essential for home maintenance.
Care for Your Water Heater
Water heater maintenance often goes unnoticed and forgotten, but trust us when we tell you there is no worse feeling than stepping into an ice-cold shower on a cold winter night. Make sure your water heater is always functioning properly by caring for it.
One of the best ways to maintain your water heater is by flushing it out on a regular basis, it’s typically recommended once a year, but since Las Vegas has such hard water, we recommend it at least twice a year.
Throughout this process, we’ll drain your water heater tank of water, which will also clear out all of the built-up minerals and rust that have collected and formed on the walls and base of the tank. This prevents further rust buildup as well as limescale buildup which can cause premature breakdowns, leaks, and a lack of hot water.
You can tackle this project on your own, but if you want assistance, give us a call. And don’t forget! This is also necessary even for tankless water heaters.
Prep Your Plumbing for the Cold
As we mentioned above, Las Vegas experiences some frigid nights with temperatures dropping to an average of 20 degrees on the winter nights. This is why it’s crucial that you prepare your pipes for this frigid weather.
The number one thing you should do is insulate your pipes. This insulation acts like a jacket for your piping and keeps the water flowing through nice and warm. This is important because as everyone remembers from their science classes when water freezes, it expands which can lead to cracks and breaks in your pipes.
For your outdoor plumbing, drain all of the pipes and hoses of water and then shut the water off. You’re likely not going to be running sprinklers or washing your car in the middle of winter, so there’s no need for your outdoor water to be on, especially if this means it could cause cracking in your plumbing.
Inspect Your Gas Lines
If you have a gas-powered furnace, make sure you get your gas lines inspected. We’ll make sure they’re in good shape and show no signs of weakness or leaking which is not only essential for the health of your home’s residents but also the functionality of your gas-powered furnace.
Reminder: No matter the season, if for any reason you suspect that there’s a gas leak in your home, act immediately! Gas leaks are incredibly toxic, so vacate your home and call us as soon as possible.
Whether you need help with your water heater, your pipes, your gas line, or any other plumbing project, our experts at Pure Plumbing are the ones to call! We’ve been serving the Las Vegas area since 2013 and know how to solve all of the common problems for this region, as well as the ones that don’t come up as frequently. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us via our website or by giving us a call at (702) 710-7388.