Prepare for cold weather by protecting your plumbing. When temperatures start to drop, your pipes are at risk for freezing and bursting. While these tips may seem to go against what you normally do to conserve electricity and water, the extra cost of leaving a tap to drip or keeping it warmer inside is a small price to pay to avoid a costly repair from a freeze. Burst pipes are one of the leading causes of property damage during freezing weather, but a few simple actions can save you thousands on plumbing repairs.
Keep water dripping from faucets
Protect exposed, outdoor pipes by letting water drip or run in a pencil-sized stream from faucets. Running water will help keep your pipes from freezing and bursting.
Open bathroom & kitchen cabinets
Let warm air circulate near pipes, especially on outside walls by leaving your cabinets open in bathrooms and kitchen areas. This is especially important for sinks on outside walls. Remember to remove cleaning chemicals or harmful cleaners if you have small children around.
Use a space heater
Extra heat can be a big help in at-risk areas like garages or kitchens. Pull a space heater out to ensure your pipes stay warm, especially in situations where a water system is installed in the garage. Remember to check on space heaters regularly and use in areas where it’s safe and roomy enough to do so.
Keep your thermostat on
When cold weather hits, ensuring your thermostat stays at a consistent temperature during the day and at night is a great way to protect your pipes. If you’re planning to be away, make sure your heater is set no lower than 55 degrees.
Make sure doors and windows stay closed
Be smart and keep exterior openings closed when faced with freezing temps, especially in garages, attics, basements, and similar areas. Keeping icy chills out will help ensure your pipes continue to stay defrosted.
If you don’t already have it, adding insulation to crawl spaces, attics, garages, and other at-risk areas will serve you well when a freeze hits. Insulation will retain the heat, leading to higher temperatures in these areas and keeping your pipes better protected. While you’re at it, seal drafty areas around doors and windows as well.
With a few simple actions, you can protect your pipes from the effects of chilly weather and save the headache of dealing with frozen pipes and repairs down the road. At Advanced Water Solutions, LLC, we’re not only passionate about getting you the best water available with high quality systems, but also making sure your investments are protected year round.
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