If you have to call emergency plumbers in to your home every winter, you need to take some steps to reduce the likelihood of problems with your plumbing system. These tips will help you understand why you are having some of these issues and how to avoid them. Increase Insulation in Your Walls Contractors will often install the plumbing fixtures and pipes on the outer walls of your house when building it. This can cause some serious problems in the winter especially if the walls are not properly insulated. Pipes can freeze and get blocked or even explode. To combat this issue, make sure there is ample insulation in your walls, especially around the pipes. You can purchase foam and fibreglass insulating sheets in your local hardware store that you can wrap around the pipes. You can also increase air circulation around the pipes to allow warm air from your home heating to keep the water flowing. If your pipes or fixtures are in a cabinet, open the doors and let the warm air in. Clean your Septic Tank in the Fall Septic tanks need to be emptied regularly to make sure that there are no clogs forming and that it is not backed up. Clogs and backups can lead to bursting which will wreck havoc on your plumbing system and your yard. The lids have to be removed to empty the tank and this can be very hard in the winter with a cover of snow and low temperatures. So, to avoid the problem in the winter, you should empty the tank in the fall before the snow arrives. You should also schedule an inspection with the septic company to make sure everything is running as it should. Additives are also available commercially which claim to break down septic waste quicker. These may be worth using during the winter. Clean your Water Heater Not having hot water during the winter is a huge hassle. The way to prevent this problem is to take good care of your water heater. This means regular inspections and flushing to remove the sediment from the tank. Make sure you have equipment protecting the heater from power surges and outages to make sure the heater is always running. Pilot lights should also be changed if they are old as the winter drafts can blow weak pilot lights out very often. Get advice from a professional to avoid other winter plumbing problems that may have become common in your...