When your plumbing system is sufficiently protected, you will have a peace of mind without experiencing pipes bursts during the winter months. But that is never the case for homeowners who couldn’t prepare their plumbing system for the winters chill. This is because the extreme weather condition during winter freezes most components of the plumbing system and can lead to the malfunctioning or bursting of the pipes. As a matter of fact, in extreme situations, water could freeze and exert pressure at over 2,000 pounds per square inch and could damage pipes.
Below are some recommended steps that will help prepare your home and plumbing fixtures for the freezing temperatures.
Consider a DIY Inspection for Vulnerable Pipes
Depending on the maintenance routine or age of your plumbing system, some parts of the pipes might be weak and can burst during extreme temperatures. Therefore, you must conduct a thorough inspection of the plumbing pipes in your property. The inspection should include pipes at an unseen area, those running behind walls, and at crawl places.
You also need to take a look around the exterior pipes in your home to identify cracks that need to be sealed. A thorough inspection of the pipes could be a tedious job for the busy homeowner. So you can call expert plumbers from Drain Doctor, and we will evaluate your pipes, identify vulnerable parts and have them protected from the winters' harsh temperatures.
Insulate your Pipes in Preparation for Winter
Insulation is one of the important steps towards winterizing your pipes to avoid damage. Depending on your budget, you can insulate the whole pipe or only the unheated areas like the attic, garage, and crawl spaces. The pipe insulation process involves the use of heat cables that will help the pipes withstand long term cold temperatures.
This process will prevent the pipes from freezing or expanding to cause damages to your home. However, pipe insulation is not a DIY task, so you need the services of a professional plumber from Drain Doctor to get everything done perfectly.
Remove all Hoses and Other Accessories
The hose bibs should be removed before the chilling weather arrives. Make sure that all the valves supplying water to the exterior lines are closed. You should also winterize your sprinkler system plus the swimming pool supply lines.
If you plan for vacation, it is expected that all your water lines should be drained so you will have rest of mind while holidaying.
Keep your Home Warmer
Your indoor temperature should be kept at a minimum of 32°F by increasing your central heating to prevent the pipes from freezing. Other affordable methods to keep your indoor warmer include the installation of thermostatic radiator valves to save energy; upgrading the boiler to a new, more efficient model and taking advantage of the free heat provided by the sun during the day.
Call a Professional If You Already Have a Frozen Pipe
It is very unsafe to fix a frozen or burst pipe if you’re not trained. Frozen pipes could burst and flood your home, and in the worst-case scenario, get you electrocuted. Getting your plumbing pipes ready for winter is probably easier than you think, give us a call.