Top Tips for Getting Your Pipes Ready for the Upcoming Winter Months: How to Avoid Frozen Pipes and Costly Repairs
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and, once that is over, winter starts in earnest. While you are getting ready for the holidays, you need to start getting your home ready for the winter months as well. One of the biggest concerns for any homeowner during the long, frigid winter months is the fear that their pipes will freeze, then burst, causing a ton of grief and costly repairs. Read on below for some top tips to help you get your pipes ready for the upcoming winter temperatures.
Locate Your Water Main
Make sure to search out the water main to your house, if you don’t already know where it is. It’s best to have this location in mind before the temperatures start to drop. If you’re planning an extended vacation or trip away from home during extremely cold weather, you should consider turning off the water and draining the pipes.
Take Care of the Pipes in the Attic, Crawlspaces, and Basement
It is important to remember the pipes that are in your attic, crawl spaces, garage, and basement. Make sure before the really cold weather hits that pipes in these spaces are protected from the cold. Adequate fiberglass insulation, pipe sleeves, and thermostatically controlled heat tape are three ideas to protect your pipes. A pipe sleeve provides a barrier between a pipe and its surroundings. These sleeves can fill the gap in a wall where pipes run. You can prevent freezing pipes by checking the insulation in rooms that are not typically heated. The heat tape is used to wrap pipes in unprotected areas. The tape heats when the environment reaches a certain temperature.
Now it’s time to check any plumbing outside. Faucets and sprinkler systems should be serviced so no water can freeze in the lines. Garden hoses should be removed from faucets to be drained and stored before the first hard freeze.
When the temperature drops below 32 degrees, extra precautions need to be taken:
- Leave the cold water in every sink in the home running just a trickle before you go to bed at night. This will allow water to flow freely through the pipes, generating heat and preventing them from being frozen when you wake up in the morning.
- Open the doors to the cabinets in your bathrooms and kitchen. This will allow warm air from the house to get to the pipes and stop them from freezing.
- Close your garage door to keep the pipes in the garage from freezing as well.
- Keep your home at a consistently warm temperature, day and night, (at least 55 degrees), even when you are going to be away for a while.
If your pipes do end up bursting or freezing, call in the professionals at Wolfschmidt Plumbing, Heating & Cooling to take care of the problem for you right away. We offer 24-hour emergency service, including holidays and weekends. If you would like help preparing your pipes for winter, we can also come out and make sure your pipes will withstand to the freezing temperatures by winterizing your plumbing system for the upcoming winter months. Call or contact us for this or any other type of plumbing service in Burlington County, Camden County, and throughout South Jersey.