Top Tips for Winterizing Your Home’s Plumbing
October 1, 2015
Winter comes with many challenges. You will have to live with the cold for a couple of months and pay more for home heating. If you also did not put in measures to protect your plumbing, then you will have a number of burst pipes to deal with.
Before winter sets in, it is paramount that you prepare your plumbing to avoid spending thousands of dollars on replacing burst pipes. However, you can avoid these costs by following these winter preparation tips for home plumbing systems.Fix All Leaks
You need to check all exposed pipes for leaks before winter sets in. If you identify any, get a plumber to fix them as soon as possible. This is because such leaks become the first areas to freeze, and when this happens, the damage can rapidly spread to the entire plumbing system.Drain the Sprinkler System
Many homeowners tend to forget to drain their sprinklers before winter. This exposed water freezes immediately winter starts and can affect water flow for the entire home. Therefore, ensure that all water is purged from the sprinkler. You can always get professionals to help you with this since they have compressors that will leave the sprinkler system dry.Shut Off Water to Outside Faucets
When water freezes, pressure builds up inside the pipes. This is bound to happen if you still have water flowing to the outside faucets in winter. Since the water here is more exposed, it will freeze easily, and when the pressure builds up, you will certainly have broken pipes to deal with.Insulate the Pipes
All pipes that are exposed will freeze during winter. This can cut the home off from mains supply making life even harder as the cold bites. By insulating them, this can be avoided. Furthermore, insulating helps you save on heating costs since the water will not be extremely cold despite the low temperatures meaning that it will heat up fast enough. You can talk to a plumbing company to get inexpensive materials such as the insulation foam for this activity.Protect Hose Bibs
Hose bibs can be damaged if water freezes inside them. As a result, disconnect them and ensure that they are drained completely. After draining them, get hose bib covers to insulate them against the cold. If you have garden hoses, disconnect them also and put them in your garage or shed until winter is over.
Winterizing your home’s plumbing does not have to be hard. It is these simple guidelines that will save you a lot of money while ensuring that your water is also running.
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