We are entering the coldest months of the year, and if you haven’t winterized your pipes you could be at risk for a major plumbing disaster. But preventative maintenance is easy, and taking the time to care for your plumping now can save a disaster later on. These 6 tips can help make sure your pipes are ready for winter and freezing temperatures.
- Insulate exposed pipes: Pipes that are exposed to cold weather are the ones most likely to freeze. Inspect your plumbing in less-insulted areas such as basements, attics, garages, crawl spaces, and pipes that run along exterior walls of your home. There are a variety of insulation materials available, such as insulation tape, pipe wrap, and foam insulation.
- Check and repair the sealing on your windows and doors: Properly sealing the cracks between your windows and doors will not only save you money on heating costs, but it will also help protect your pipes from cold, freezing air.
- Leave your heat on while you are away: If you are planning a winter vacation you may be tempted to turn off your heat to save on heating costs. But turning down your heat too low can cause your pipes to freeze if outside temperatures plummet. A good rule of thumb is to not set your inside temperature below 55°
- Let your faucets drip: On especially cold nights, letting your faucets drip can prevent your pipes from freezing. A slight but steady drip will help ensure that water is flowing through your plumbing system and will prevent a catastrophic freeze.
- Warm up cold areas: The coldest areas of your home are often where pipes are located. When cold weather is expected, it’s a good idea to leave your kitchen and bathroom sink cabinet doors open so warm air can circulate around your pipes. In extreme cases, consider using a small space heater to warm a space where your pipes are especially susceptible to freezing.
- Locate your master water valve shutoff: In case you do have a plumbing issue, knowing the location of your master water valve shutoff is important so you can cut the water off and minimize damage. If you aren’t sure where it is located in your home, a Mr. Green Plumber will be happy to show you.
Making sure your pipes are ready for winter should be a top priority. There are many things you can do on your own to prevent your pipes from freezing but we also recommend having a plumbing professional inspect your plumbing for any potential issues that may cause expensive emergency plumbing repairs. Contact Mr. Green Plumbing to schedule an appointment today.