30 Oct Useful Home Tips: How to Get Your Plumbing System Ready for Winter
If you have lived in the Denver area through at least one cold season, you may be fully aware of the fact that pipes can freeze easily and that this can result in considerable property damage and costly plumbing repair costs when the pipes burst. When the temperature outside plummets below freezing, the water in your pipes can also freeze. When this happens, the water in the pipes can expand, and the pressure on the pipes from the expanding water can cause them to burst. While you cannot prevent all of these types of plumbing issues from happening, you can minimize the likelihood of a winter pipe rupture issue by following a few easy steps.
Wrap Your Exterior Pipes
Plumbers will generally recommend that local homeowners take every step possible to secure their pipes before the first freeze of the year. You cannot easily wrap the pipes that are inside your home’s walls, but there may be exterior pipes that you can access easily. These exposed pipes, such as the faucet you connect your hose to, may be particularly prone to freezing because they are not covered at all. Wrapping them with a towel or another insulating material is a smart idea, and a plumber can help you with this process.
Drain Your Sprinkler System
If you have a sprinkler system, it can be helpful to drain the system before the first freeze. This winterization technique will remove all of the water in your sprinkler system’s pipes, and this will reduce the chance of a rupture. A plumber can also assist you with this procedure.
There are other steps you can take to prevent a pipe leak in cold weather as well. For example, you can leave your faucets running at a slow drip, and you can leave the cabinet doors underneath your sinks open during cold weather so that the heated air in the home can warm them. If you do discover that you have a pipe leak, you can contact a plumber as soon as possible to repair the leak before it causes significant property damage to your home.
(Everything You Need to Know About Winterizing Pipes, bobvila.com)
(5 Tips for Winterizing Plumbing and Pipes, angieslist.com)