10 Essential Winter Plumbing Tips for Logan Village Homes

Although winter in Logan Village may not bring freezing temperatures, it can’t hurt to prepare your plumbing for the cooler winter months. Here are our top Winter plumbing tips for preventive maintenance before the winter season arrives.

Protect Your Pipes With Insulation

Even in mild Australian winters, insulating your pipes is a good preventative measure. Apply foam insulation to exposed pipes outdoors and in unheated areas, such as your roof space or the crawl space under your home. This helps reduce the risk of cold air causing any damage. 

Seal Gaps and Cracks Around Your Home

Check your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry areas for any gaps or cracks that could let in cold draughts. Use caulk or weatherstripping to seal these areas, especially where pipes run through walls. Sealing gaps not only prevents cold air from entering but can contribute to efficient energy use by maintaining a consistent temperature within your home.

Check Your Outdoor Plumbing

Outside, disconnect garden hoses and drain any water to prevent residual moisture from clogging taps. 

For outdoor taps, consider installing frost-free sill cocks or insulating them with specialised covers to guard against the cooler weather. 

Remember to regularly check your drainage systems, especially after heavy rain, to avoid blockages that could lead to indoor flooding.

Clean Gutters and Downpipes

Remove leaves, twigs, and other debris from gutters and downpipes to prevent blockages. Also, look for signs of wear or damage. 

Run a hose down your downpipes to check water is flowing freely, and there are no blockages in your drainage system.

Trim trees and bushes near your home to prevent branches from breaking off during storms and damaging plumbing lines or gutters.

Check Your Indoor Plumbing Fixtures

Check inside taps and showerheads: check for leaks or drips and replace washers as necessary.

Examine Toilets: Check toilets for leaks or running water. Replace flappers or other parts if necessary.

Clean Aerators: Remove and clean aerators to ensure good water flow and efficiency.

Check All Flexi Hoses

A burst flexi hose is a common cause of flooding inside your home. Signs of a damaged flexi hose include:

  • Visible wear and tear such as fraying, cracking, or bulging
  • Rust or corrosion like discoloration and flaking metal
  • Leaks or moisture indicated by water drips or dampness
  • Unusual sounds such as hissing or whistling
  • Reduced water pressure including low flow or inconsistent pressure
  • An aged hose over 5 years old
  • Loose connections or visible gaps

Inspect and Repair Leaks Early

Frequent inspections of your plumbing system, including taps and pipes, can identify leaks early on. Even a small drip might indicate a larger issue, such as a potential burst pipe as pressure builds with cooler temperatures.

Be especially attentive to areas like your bathroom, kitchen, and laundry, where consistent water usage occurs. Be as thorough as possible, opening cabinet doors and looking for any signs of moisture. 

If you notice any signs of moisture or hear the telltale dripping sound, it’s time to call a licensed plumber to address the problem before it escalates.

Service Your Hot Water System

A well-running hot water service is essential during the cooler months, not just for comfort but also for daily activities like cooking and washing. Get your water heater checked to ensure it’s free of sediment buildup, which can interfere with its performance and energy efficiency.

Here’s a few things you can do yourself:

  • Flush the tank to remove any build-up
  • Check the Temperature: Ensure the water heater is set to an optimal temperature (around 60°C) to avoid scalding and save energy
  • Inspect for Leaks: Look for any signs of leaks or corrosion around the water heater

Regular maintenance of your hot water system will extend its life. If you’re concerned, give our friendly Logan Village hot water experts a call. We can also check for wear and tear on replaceable parts such as sacrificial anodes, and replace these before they become a larger problem.

Check Submersible Pumps

If you have a sump pump, have it inspected to protect against flooding. The pump should be clear of debris, with intake and discharge lines checked for blockages. This is essential for drainage and preventing water damage within the lower levels of your building.

In both cases, familiarise yourself with the location of shut-off valves. Knowing how to quickly shut down water flow or electricity to these appliances can mitigate potential damage in an emergency. Regular checks and servicing can save both your home and your wallet from unexpected winter plumbing issues.

Install Backflow Prevention Devices

Backflow preventers are devices that protect your home’s water supply from contamination due to backflow, which can occur during heavy storms or when there is a significant drop in water pressure. 

Installing backflow preventers on exterior drains and sewer lines stops potentially contaminated water from flowing back into the clean water supply. 

If your property has an irrigation system, swimming pool or spa, fire sprinkler system, auxiliary water supplies like rainwater tanks, high-pressure cleaning equipment, or large water features, you probably have a backflow prevention device.

The Plumbing and Drainage Act 2018 and the Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code mandate the installation and maintenance of these devices, requiring annual testing by a licensed plumber. Click here to book backflow testing.

What to Do in a Winter Plumbing Emergency

In the unfortunate event of a burst pipe, immediately shut off your home’s main water shut-off valve to prevent further water damage. Clear the area to reduce risks of slips and electrical malfunctions. Call us at Full Flow Plumbing and Drainage – our QBCC licensed plumbers offer emergency plumbing in Logan Village and will be there as soon as possible. 

While awaiting our arrival, use buckets to catch drips and towels to soak up water, helping to minimise damage to your home.

Frequently Asked Questions

This section answers some frequently asked questions to help keep your plumbing and drainage well maintained during Winter.

Why does my kitchen sink get clogged in Winter?

During winter, the oils and fats from your cooking can solidify in the pipes as temperatures drop, leading to blockages. It’s important to properly dispose of cooking grease and wipe down pots and pans before washing them.

Should I insulate pipes for Winter?

Yes, insulating your pipes helps maintain consistent temperatures. It is also common practice to insulate your hot water system, adding an extra layer of protection from the elements and preventing heat loss.

Should I drain water pipes for Winter if I’m going away?

If you’re planning a winter trip away from home, drain your pipes to avoid the risk of them freezing and bursting. Shut off the main water valve and open the faucets to release any remaining water in the system.

How do you properly drain your pipes to avoid freezing in the winter?

To properly drain your pipes, shut off the main water valve and open all taps to allow water to flow out. Don’t forget to flush toilets to remove water from the tanks. Draining outside taps and disconnecting hoses can also help prevent ice blockages and damage to your outdoor plumbing.