With winter just about to reach its peak, the entire Great White North is bracing itself for its yearly sojourn into sub-zero weather. Especially in places like Calgary, where snowstorms can be brutal, homeowners need to make sure that their homes are secured from Jack Frost, and one of the areas of the house that they need to pay attention to is the bathroom.
Simple steps can help homeowners avoid all kinds of inconveniences, from major ones like freezing pipes to minor ones like a cold seat (isn’t that the worst?). Of course, as much as possible, have a professional plumber stop by and inspect your bathroom for the best way to prep your bathroom for winter (residential bathroom plumbing services will have different pricing, so choose wisely). Still, there are ways that homeowners can do on their own to minimize their discomfort during the winter months:
Make Sure Your Water Heater is Up to Snuff
Start your winter bathroom prep by giving your water heater a quick look-through to make sure everything is working as it should be. After all, you don’t want to turn on the tap during the height of winter only to find yourself without hot water!
Test out the taps and see how long it takes for water to heat up: give it a couple of minutes depending on how cold it is outside. At the first instance of something going wrong, call an expert immediately. Don’t try to tinker with your water heater on your own, even if you have some experience working on it. Remember that professional plumbers and technicians know more than you and know how to fix things better than you. Sorry, that’s just the way it is!
Warm Up with Warm Lights
There’s a reason people go to their bathroom when they want to take a selfie: bathroom lighting is sometimes one of the best in the house. This is because bathroom lighting is almost-always neutral light, which is reflected by the tiles, giving your selfies that extra ‘oomph.’
However, during the winter months, those lights aren’t the best at keeping you warm and cozy. Consider switching out your regular bathroom lights with ‘warm’ lights for the winter, i.e., light bulbs that give off warm colors in the light spectrum. If you’re feeling extra fancy, call up your plumbing service provider and have them install heat lamps in your bathroom. It’s an expensive step, but one that will ensure your midnight bathroom trips in January is as comfortable as possible.
Keep Your Pipes Insulated
If you haven’t already, make sure that your entire plumbing system in the house is well and insulated. Again, this is best left to professionals, especially if you’ve moved into an older house that might not have modern insulation or plumbing.
Make no mistake: keeping your pipes insulated isn’t just a matter of comfort; it’s for your safety. If the weather gets cold enough (and up here in Alberta, it will get cold enough), the water in your pipes can freeze, which can lead to them cracking the pipes itself. At best, this could lead to a leak or two in inconvenient places, and at worst, it can lead to some serious flooding that can cause major damage to your house and belongings.
Consider Installing Floor Heating
Floor heating is one of those home features that were expensive a couple of decades ago. Now, though, floor heating is a surprisingly accessible feature that your local plumber can install easily. Yes, it’s an added expense, but if it makes your quality of life during winter so much better, we say, why not?
But if you want to do things D.I.Y, consider getting a cozy rug for your bathroom floor. Yes, it’s extra effort to keep things clean, and you’ll have to wash them occasionally, but it’s a small price to pay for comfort!