For Heat’s Sake - Get Your Home HVAC and Plumbing Ready For Winter!
Our Gravenhurst Plumbing and HVAC Experts Can Help Keep Your Pipes From Freezing And Prepare Your Home’s Heating For The Chilly Winter Ahead.
There’s no doubt about it - WINTER IS COMING! Whether we want it to or not. But rather than dread the oncoming frigid temperatures and heavy snowfalls, we’re encouraging our customers to start preparing their home HVAC and plumbing early.
Even though many homeowners are only now thinking about turning off their air conditioner unit, it’s never too early to start thinking about turning on their heat. Especially in Northern Ontario where temperatures seem to drop quite quickly, and drastically.
Throughout fall, our team does a lot of home HVAC maintenance, including furnace repair, central heating equipment tune-ups and fireplace maintenance. We also receive quite a few emergency plumbing calls throughout the early winter months from homeowners who are trying to thaw out their frozen water pipes.
So, instead of accepting defeat from the all-famous Jack Frost this winter, get in touch with Gravenhurst Plumbing, Heating and Electric. Our trained technicians are here to help keep your water pipes from freezing, fire up your heating and ensure that your home’s HVAC is ready to go - before the cold hits!
Keep Your Plumbing Pipes From Freezing
With cold temperatures comes the risk of your pipes freezing - or even bursting! How does this happen?
When water freezes, it expands. Causing your plumbing pipes to rupture with the added pressure.
Usually, this occurs where pipes are actually directly exposed to these frigid temperatures. Examples of these spaces would include attics, basements or even garages where cold air is let in through cracks or holes.
Signs Of Frozen Pipes:
- Decreased Water Pressure
- Decreased Water Flow
- Frosted Pipes
- Unwelcome Odours (caused by ice blocking drains or faucets)
If you have noticed one of these clues, it’s important to thaw out your pipes as quickly as possible in order to avoid bursting! This can be done by heating the frozen section (ie. with a hairdryer or heating pad) and turning the faucet on once the ice has begun to thaw.
But how do you avoid this problem? By winterizing your plumbing.
5 Tips To Winterize Your Plumbing
- Insulate Your Plumbing
- Disconnect Your Outdoor Water Fixtures Before Outdoor Temperatures Begin To Lower
- Do Not Lower Your Thermostat Too Much
- Let Your Faucets Drip
- Install An In-Pipe Heating Cable
Fire Up Your Home’s Furnace or Fireplace
Another, more obvious way, to protect your pipes from freezing this winter is by ensuring that your home’s heating is properly maintained. This will help keep your home’s indoor temperature both safe and reliable, regardless of the unexpected outdoor climate changes.
Before switching to heat, it’s important to make sure that your heating unit is functioning properly and efficiently. Do you recall hearing strange noises last winter? Smelling foul odours? Was your house never quite warming up enough? Were you receiving unexpectedly high heating bills?
All of these are cues for furnace repair, maintenance or even replacement!
“Where Can I Find Heating Repair Near Me?”
At Gravenhurst Plumbing, Heating and Electric, heating is literally in our name! We install central heating equipment, geothermal heating, ductless heat pumps, boilers, fireplaces and furnaces. But we also provide services to support these HVAC systems, including furnace repair, maintenance and replacement services.
How To Protect And Preserve Your Home’s Heat This Year:
- Inspect Your Home For Drafts (ie. cracks that allow air to pass through)
- Winterize Your Air Conditioner
- Program Your Thermostat
- Schedule Your Furnace Inspection
- Clean Your Humidifier Unit
- Replace Filters On All HVAC Equipment (ie. change your furnace filters)
How To Prepare Your Home For Winter
The changing seasons in Northern Ontario are incredible to watch, especially in the fall time! But as you enjoy the leaves changing colour, the recession of heat and humidity, and the return of normal routines, don’t forget to start thinking about what this season means for your home’s HVAC and plumbing.
At Gravenhurst Plumbing, Heating and Electric, we care about your comfort, safety and the protection of your home. After all, that is your life, your family’s lives and your investments. Our goal is to provide you with products and services that enable you to enjoy each and every season in the Muskoka region - including the oncoming cold weather seasons!
10 Steps To Winterizing Your Home
- Winterize Your Lawn and Garden
- Weather Strip Your Doors
- Prepare Your Septic and Sump System for Winter
- Upgrade Your Home Insulation
- Leak-Proof Your Hot Water Heater
- Seal Your Window Cracks
- Install Heating Cables On Your Roof
- Clean Your Gutters And Consider Installing Gutter Guards
- Ensure Your Detectors Are Functioning Properly (ie. Your Fire Alarm).
- Have Your Emergency HVAC and Plumbing Contact On Hand
You Can Rely On Gravenhurst Plumbing, Heating and Electric To Winterize and Optimize Your Home This Fall
Worried about your pipes freezing this year? With the foreshadowed cold front on route, it’s imperative that individuals implement the proper precautions for their home, business or cottage plumbing and HVAC systems.
Don’t get caught out in the cold! Start preparing early so that you can fully enjoy the cold season ahead, without worrying about your comfort, health or investments.
Contact our Gravenhurst Plumbing and HVAC technicians at (707) 687-3402 or Fill In The Form Below To Schedule A Service With Us.
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