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Prevent Freezing Pipes By Winterizing As Cold Weather Approaches | Doctor Drips

Prevent-Freezing-Pipes-By-Winterizing-As-Cold-Weather-ApproachesWe are entering mid-December and with it comes the temperatures of Winter. Whether or not your part of the state usually has white holidays, we know there will at least be one bout of cold weather. This could possibly mean frozen pipes if you are not careful. Now is a good time to start thinking about winterizing your plumbing to prevent damage to your pipes. 
 
The first step is to invest in some insulation if you do not currently have any. Pipe wrap insulation made both of fiberglass or cotton can be used to keep your pipes from being exposed to freezing temperatures. These temperatures not only halt the flow of water in your home, but can break the pipes themselves. Another method is to utilize a heating cable that requires electricity to provide consistent warmth to your pipes. This keeps them functioning just fine even during plummeting temperatures!
 
What are you to do if you have not been able to prepare your pipes with the proper insulation? A last resort effort you can use is to turn your faucet just enough to achieve a small, steady flow of water. Even a small trickle can help prevent ice from accumulating in your plumbing! The more faucets running the better.
 
Some other tricks that would work well (and only require you to remember to do them!) for keeping your pipes warm. Exposing the plumbing of the sinks in your home by opening the underside cabinets will allow for warmer air to reach the plumbing more easily. If you and your family are stepping out, consider keeping the temperature of the plumbing higher by keeping the heat on in the house. Ice will have a harder time forming in these conditions. 
 
Last, but not least, is your sprinkler system. The sprinkler system is the most vulnerable to cold weather and is most often overlooked by homeowners during the winterization process, Fortunately, there is a simple fix for preparing your sprinkler system you may not have known about. You will need to get yourself a flat head screwdriver and make sure the water supply to the system is completely turned off. (There is a mechanism called the backflow preventer you will need to find and turn the valve located there.) There is a set of two screws on the side of the backflow preventer called the bleeder valve. Turn both of those screws until the lines on the screws are aligned with (or parallel) to the pipe to prevent any stagnant water from inside the backflow preventer from spraying out. This will relieve your sprinkler system of any potential water that can freeze and damage your sprinkler system. Do not forget to disconnect and empty any outdoor hoses, and we wish you the best of luck as this winter approaches! 
 
Want some professional assistance while you winterize your plumbing this year? Give Doctor Drips a call at 615-970-0047 today!
 
This post was originally published on 9/19/2019 and updated on 12/8/2020 for accuracy and a larger scope of information.

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