Preparing for the upcoming winter months means home and business owners need to prepare their pipes for the cold. Frozen pipes in the winter can result in severe damage to your pipe system. It’s never easy having to fix frozen, cracked, or burst pipes, but there are preventive measures you can take to minimize the chances of this occurring.
The most vulnerable parts of your plumbing system are those that are found in unheated spaces. This means you should pay attention to lines in your garage, attic, crawlspace and basement. Purchase some fiberglass tubing or foam insulation, or wrap your exposed pipes using heat tape to prevent plummeting temperature.
Find All Your Water Lines
Do a complete walk-through of your home plumbing system- check under bathroom and kitchen cabinets, basements and the garage. Open all cabinets that have sinks under them, and leave it open to accommodate more heat.
Run A Constant Flow of Water in Faucets
If you know that there’s going to be a cold spell, turn the faucet so that a trickle of water comes through. The constant flow prevents your pipes from freezing even under extreme temperature.
Control Your Home Temperature
It’s best to have an idea of your house temperature whether you are simply at work or going on vacation. It can be smart to keep your temperature at 50 degrees or higher to ensure your pipes are protected against the cold. Inspect your windows, doors and other openings for signs of cracks or holes, and use seal to prevent precious warm air from escaping. Invest in a programmable thermostat to control your home temperature via an app installed in your smartphone.
Check the Exterior
Drain supply lines and hoses leading to sprinklers, then cover all your outdoor faucets. If you have a pool, drain it as well. Do the same for pool lines, pipes, and automatic sprinkler systems to keep the frost away. Locate your indoor valve to shut the water supply leading to the outdoor fixtures. It’s best to turn water off before the cold season begins.
At Marvel Sewer and Drain, we help customers prepare for the upcoming winter season with preventive measures. We also provide emergency services to quickly and safely get frozen pipes back in working order.