Whether you are new to owning a home, or an experienced homeowner, everyone learns that pipes need special care in the Winter months. Fortunately, not all people want to learn the hard way: by suffering a busted or frozen pipe! Whether you are in Arizona (Yes, the ol’ AZ!) or Maine, it will benefit you greatly to know how to care for your pipes in the Winter, because, well, prevention saves both time and money. Over here at Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing, we can help with these fine tips about how to care for your pipes in the Winter months.
One would think that the first step to preventing damage to your pipes during Winter would be insulation, but its not!
First things first, you will want to:
1. FIX or IDENTIFY any current leaks that might be present!
Firstly, leaking water is an added expenditure all in itself, anytime of the year. If and when the leaky area freezes, it will only add more money by having to pay to repair the pipes.
2. Keep that water moving!
If you are aware that the temperatures are going to reach below freezing, take note to keep the faucet running a slow stream of water. This will keep the water flowing, which will help prevent the water from freezing. If the water does freeze, then it will reduce the pressure buildup in the pipes between the faucet and ice formation.
3. Let heat get to your pipes!
Who knew that doing something as simple as opening your cabinets (cabinets under sinks) that expose your pipes could let heat get to them, potentially preventing freezing.
4. NOW comes pipe insulation!
Add pipe insulation on exposed pipes anywhere in and around your home. Wrap pipes in insulation tubes made from fiberglass or polyethylene to add a layer of protection against freezing. Any unheated areas of your home that have pipes may need pipe insulation on the pipes.
5. Did somebody say crawlspace?
Seal off that crawlspace people! Cold freezing air will hit those pipes. It will also add unwanted cold air to under your home, meaning more money to be spent on keeping your heating unit going! You can use something as simple as cardboard and tape, or hire crawlspace contractors to do more invasive, thorough work.
6. Disconnect outdoor pipes and drain that heater!
Disconnect outdoor pipes by loosening the hose and turning off the valve leading to the outdoor water spigot. This prevents water running to exterior lines where it is more likely to freeze. Also, draining that water heater will get rid of any sediment and give you a chance to lay eyes on it, checking it’s reliability for the Winter.
Hopefully these things can prevent pipe problems come Winter and you can keep peace of mind knowing we’ve got ya covered. Should you need your plumbing problems solved, give Jack Ward & Sons a call today for an honest quote at 615-227-2811.