As the winter months approach, it is important to properly winterize your home to prevent damage cause by extreme, cold temperatures.Often your plumbing system is the most vulnerable part of your home when the temperature starts to decrease.
To help protect your plumbing system, employ these 5 tips to prevent winter plumbing problems.
- Keep an eye on your plumbing system’s water pressure. If you notice any restriction in the flow of water through your pipes, it may be a sign that the pipes are frozen or are in the process of freezing. Act right away and call a licensed professional plumber to come and inspect your pipes before the problem worsens. It is better to spend a bit for the inspection than to wait and have a huge, expensive plumbing mess on your hands when the pipes freeze completely!
- Keep the water flowing. To prevent freezing pipes, you can keep the water running on a very low setting at night. As long as the water is still moving, it cannot freeze. You only need to allow the water to flow the size of a pencil’s width during the evening when temperatures reach their lowest point.
- Disconnect your garden hose. In the cold months, many homeowners forget about their garden hoses, however during the cold season, major damage can be done if hoses are not properly disconnected. If a hose is left connected it will freeze and the pressure can build up in the water lines found inside of your home. Commonly, a water line break will occur and your home will be threatened. Disconnect and drain your hoses for peace of mind and reassurance that your home is safe.
- Another way to protect the pipes inside your home is to keep the indoor temperature warm. Your home should be set at a temperature of no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit in order to avoid freezing pipes. Make sure this warm air is circulated throughout your home. Even open up cabinet doors under your sinks and faucets as well as near exterior walls in order to keep these areas warm.
- In the winter months, snow can also cause plumbing damage. Be sure to check that snow is not restricting any water drainage. Keep an eye on the area around your sump pump discharge line so that you can prevent and avoid any indoor flooding. If the drainage is blocked or creating a puddle, it can freeze or the water may backup into the house. Either outcome is not ideal.
Protect your home from the potential threats of cold weather. Cold temperatures can cause serious problems in your plumbing system if you do not prepare correctly, timely, or effectively. Be sure to check your home’s water pressure, get a home drinking water backflow inspection, keep water flowing through pipes at night, disconnected any outdoor hoses, keep your home temperature set to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit, and make sure snow doesn’t block the flow of water from your house. All of these tips will efficiently work to protect your pipes and your home for a stress free winter season.