Avoid Costly Denver Plumbing Repairs with Proper Cold Weather Care

Avoid Costly Denver Plumbing Repairs with Proper Cold Weather Care

Winter weather can destroy your home’s plumbing system, costing you thousands of dollars. Cold temperatures are unavoidable, but you can protect your Denver plumbing by becoming proactive about winter plumbing preparation. To stave off unexpected plumbing expenses there are five step you need to take.

Insulate Pipes

The most common repair Denver plumbing companies do during the winter involves fixing frozen pipes. The freezing air cools exposed exterior pipes, and interior pipes along exterior walls. Your local hardware store should carry foam insulation that you can put around your pipes to keep them from becoming too cold.

Run Water

A sudden drop in temperature may cause catastrophic damage to your pipes, especially those in a kitchen or bathroom along an exterior wall. If the air temperature is expected to drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, leave one of these faucets running with a slow drip. The dripping water prevents the buildup of ice, and eliminates pressure in the pipe that can cause the pipe to break.

Expose Indoor Pipes

You do not need to insulate your indoor pipes, but you’ll want to expose them to warm air during winter nights. Throw open the doors under your kitchen and bathroom sinks, so air circulating throughout the house can keep the pipes warm. If the temperature is expected to drop below zero, you may want to use a small space heater to provide additional warmth to pipes along exterior walls.

Seal Exterior Openings

Cold air entering your home undermines your efforts to keep your pipes warm, and this is most evident in the crawl spaces and basements where most of your major pipes run. Inspect all basement windows and crawl spaces for any openings, and block any openings with a heavy cover. Cracks around your outdoor pipes should be filled with a generous amount of caulk.

Keep Water Shut Off Clear

A small problem with Denver plumbing quickly becomes expensive when access to your water shut off is blocked. Most shut off valves are underground in your yard, so after a heavy snowfall it’s important that you uncover the water main access and keep it clear. Doing so will allow you to turn off water in your home when you notice a water leak in a matter of minutes. Without quick action, that leak might just become a flood.

The Denver plumbing experts at Total Plumbing & Heating can help you take care of any plumbing problems that arise this winter, but you can prevent many of the most common problems by being proactive in your home’s plumbing defenses.