01 Jan Denver Plumbing Tips: How to Protect Your Pipes Against a Winter Storm
Any Denver plumbing professional is likely to agree with this statement taken from a Denver Channel news article published before bad weather hit Colorado:
Tuesday night (Dec. 3, 2013), Meteorologist Matt Makens noticed his local grocery store was nearly sold out of milk as Coloradans prepared for the storm. However, groceries are not the only items experts suggest we gather and prepare before a winter storm.
Winter storms are definitely something you must prepare for. They can turn from a moderate snowfall into a blinding blizzard in an instant, wreaking havoc not only on your comfort and food supplies, but also the plumbing in your home, among other fixtures. How exactly should you prepare your property’s pipework against them?
Insulate exposed pipes
Fitting pipes with insulating foam is one of the most critical winter storm preparedness steps. It can prevent wasteful heat loss, and most importantly, prevent pipes from freezing. As the same Denver Channel article recommends:
Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
Let the water run
Moreover, according to The Denver Channel:
When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing.
Letting the water run also provides relief from the excessive pressure buildup that occurs when the water in the pipes start to freeze. Remember, if there is no excessive pressure on a pipe, it will not burst.
Properly drain automatic landscaping sprinkler systems
You won’t be using your sprinkler systems during the winter, so it’s best to drain them and keep their pipes empty for the duration of the cold season. To drain a system, simply shut off the main valve, turn on every water fixture, and let the water drain until it stops running. You don’t have to leave the fixtures on.
To see if there are other winter storm protection steps you need to take with your pipes, have them inspected by experts in plumbing in Denver like Total Plumbing, Inc.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Tips for handling the cold weather, The Denver Channel, December 3, 2013)