Posted on: 30 November 2016
Winter brings with it lots of snow that might be fun for the kids to play in, but there's nothing fun about frozen pipes. More so than any other season, homeowners should take steps to protect their plumbing from harm during the winter time. Here are 3 tips to keep in mind that will hopefully allow your plumbing system to make it to next spring without freezing up.
Mind the Outside Faucets
At the end of every fall, you should go around the outside of your home and ensure that all outdoor faucets are firmly shut off. If you have interior shut off valves that lead outside, you need to make sure that all outside lines are drained. Also, be sure to unplug any garden hoses or anything else that you have plugged into an outdoor faucet, as any water inside can freeze and expand, damaging your plumbing in the process.
Insulate Your Pipes
Frozen pipes are obviously a huge annoyance while trying to take a shower or use the kitchen faucet for cooking, but things can suddenly get a whole lot worse as soon as the weather causes one of the pipes to burst. In order to prevent this from happening, consider providing some insulation for every exposed pipe in your basement and elsewhere in your home. If real insulation is too expensive for you, you could consider buying some foam tubes to put over top of the pipes.
Turn the All Faucets On Just a Bit When the Mercury Drops
Once winter actually arrives, pay attention to the forecast. If the thermometer is really going to have the bottom fall out, you'll want to take some action to try and keep the water in your home flowing. You can do this by turning on every faucet in the house so that just a small, pencil-width stream of water comes out. Water is much more difficult to freeze when it is moving, so this should hopefully get you through the cold spell.
No one can 100% prevent a frozen pipe from happening because you'll never know exactly where the water is freezing until it's too late. But you can take plenty of steps in advance that will hopefully keep things under control. Before every winter, make sure that your outdoor lines are drained and all faucets are turned off and disconnected. When winter does come, don't be afraid to slightly turn on your indoor faucets to keep the water flowing. The higher water bill will likely be much less expensive than the cost of having to replace a damaged pipe. If you run into an issue with frozen pipes, contact a local plumber, such as Mike Hensley Plumbing Inc, for assistance.Share