Winter is a beautiful season, but it can also wreak havoc on your plumbing system if not properly prepared. As temperatures drop, the risk of frozen pipes, burst fittings, and costly repairs increases. At PlumbRite, we understand the importance of protecting your plumbing during the colder months. In this blog post, we will share valuable tips on how to winterize your plumbing and avoid cold weather damage.
Insulate Exposed Pipes
Cold air can cause pipes to freeze and potentially burst. Insulating exposed pipes, especially those in unheated areas like the basement, attic, or crawl spaces, is crucial. Use foam pipe insulation or heat tape to wrap around the pipes and keep them warm.
Seal Gaps and Cracks
Sealing gaps and cracks around your home's foundation, walls, and windows can prevent cold air from entering and affecting your plumbing. Use weatherstripping, caulk, or insulation to seal any noticeable gaps and cracks.
Disconnect and Drain Outdoor Hoses
Leaving hoses connected to outdoor faucets during winter can lead to frozen pipes and damage to both the hose and the faucet. Disconnect all outdoor hoses, drain them thoroughly, and store them indoors until spring.
Service Your Water Heater
During winter, your water heater works harder to provide warm water for your household. To ensure its efficiency and prevent unexpected breakdowns, drain and flush your water heater annually. Consider setting the temperature to 120°F to save energy and prevent scalding.
Let Faucets Drip
On extremely cold nights, allowing faucets to drip can prevent water from freezing within the pipes. Even a small trickle of water can relieve pressure and reduce the risk of pipe bursts. Remember to open both hot and cold faucets slightly.
By following these essential tips, you can safeguard your plumbing system from cold weather damage. However, if you encounter any plumbing issues or need professional assistance, don't hesitate to contact PlumbRite. Our team of experienced plumbers is ready to provide prompt and reliable service.