Preparing Your Piping System For Impending Cool Weather

Posted on: 7 June 2016

When warm temperatures are abundant, the piping system in the home is usually not a concern. When winter weather arrives, however, the pipes are at risk for breakage if the water within them freezes. It is very important to prepare well in advance of cool temperatures to avoid a situation where a pipe bursts as it can lead to damage to belongings and the structure of your home. Here are some steps to keep in mind when cool temperatures set in to avoid having a pipe burst in the home.

Turn Off The Water Supply To Outdoor Spigots

Before water is inclined to freeze, turn off the water supply to any exterior water faucets you have on your home. The turn-off valve is usually in the garage or crawl space area of your home on the opposite side of where the faucet is located. Keep the spigot on the faucet itself open so any water stuck within the pipe will have a chance to drain out to the ground, decreasing the likelihood that there will be frozen water trapped inside the piping during cold snaps. 

Keep the water supply to these pipes off until the springtime rather than turning them on and off according to the temperature outside. It is better to bring a bucket of water outdoors or use a water spray bottle apparatus if water is needed outdoors during this time as there is a risk of forgetting to close the pipe from water being let in, leading to the increased chance of a burst.

Add Insulation To Suspect Pipes To Increase Warmth

Pipes that are prone to freezing should be adequately insulated during winter months. Insulation can be purchased from an area hardware store and easily slide or wrapped around pipes in areas that are not near a heat source. If you find out temperatures are expected to fall below freezing and you did not have time to get to a store, you can use pieces of newspaper or clothing to wrap around pipes instead.

Keep Faucets Running When Cool Weather Is Expected

When freezing temperatures are expected, it is a good idea to leave faucets within your home trickling. This can be done with the cold water faucets in your sinks, showers, and tubs rather than warm water faucets so you are not at risk of using all hot water in your water tank. The water in your pipes are less likely to freeze if there is water flowing through them.

Make Sure Exposed Pipes Are Subjected To Safe Heating

If you have sinks with cabinetry underneath, it is a good idea to open the doors to allow heat to get to the exposed piping. Use small area heaters to increase the temperature in lower-level rooms where pipes are more likely to freeze during inclement weather. Make sure your garage door remains closed in the wintertime and check all exterior doors regularly to make sure they are sealed shut. If you have areas in the home where drafts are present, such as around windows or doors, use caulk or weather-stripping to help retain heat within the home. Never use a flame directly on a frozen pipe as this can cause a fire. It is best to call a plumber, like Action Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning Inc, for assistance instead.


Avoiding Plumbing Problems

After we purchased a brand new place, I was blown away with how many plumbing problems it had. It seemed like every time we turned around, there was another issues with a sink, a toilet, or a shower. After doing a little research, we discovered that the home had been having trouble with plumbing for quite some time, and we knew that we needed to fix things. We decided to have a professional plumber come in and completely overhaul our system, and that decision was absolutely the right one to make. This blog is dedicated to avoiding plumbing issues the first time around.

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