With Fall settling in, cooler temperatures and inclement weather are just around the corner, getting your plumbing winterized to prevent frozen pipes is crucial. Frozen pipes are a nightmare of a plumbing problem, but fortunately they can be prevented by taking the proper precautions. Here are some things you can to winterize your plumbing and prevent frozen pipes.
#1 Put Away the Garden Hose
In areas that are prone to freezing temperatures, it is a good idea to disconnect the garden hose from the spicket and put it away. If left connected, any residual water can freeze inside the hose and run back up through the spicket. This can cause unnecessary damage. So, disconnect the hose and store it away until next spring.
#2 Check for Cold Drafts
Cold air can be sneaky; it can infiltrate your home in the least expected ways, which is why it is important to inspect your home for any cold air leaks. Attics, basements, and crawl spaces are prone to these; however, you should also look around the foundation of your home, around any utility supply lines where they enter the home, the chimney, and around windows and doors. Make sure everything is sealed properly. This will not only protect your plumbing from cold drafts that could cause frozen pipes, but also help lower your heating costs during winter.
Install insulation on your plumbing pipes, particularly the ones that are exposed to the elements. This is an easy and effective way to protect your plumbing from freezing. There are different grades of insulation available, so select insulation that is appropriate for the area that your live in. This is a simple install, however having a plumber do it for you will save you time and insure that it is done correctly.
#4 Sump Pump
A sump pump is a lifesaver in the event of a flood. During heavy rains, areas below the ground like basements are prone to flooding. Your basement should have a sump pump. This should be checked every year to make sure it is in good working order and ready to tackle the rainy season. Pour a bucket of water into the crock to make sure it turns on. You will also want to make sure the drain outlet is free of any clogs. Make any replacements for repairs before the rainy months settle in.
#5 Vacant Homes
If you own an investment property or vacation home that is vacant during the cold months, it’s important to perform all of the above steps. In addition, you may want to drain all water lines and shutoff the water supply if the home is going to stay vacant all winter long. Running the heater at a reasonable temperature to keep the air circulating will also help protect your plumbing.
For more information on how to properly winterize your home’s plumbing contact John Owens today!