With winter quickly approaching, it’s time you prepare your home plumbing. The temperature has already begun to drop. To keep your plumbing from sustaining damage throughout the cold months, there are some things you’ll want to do. The steps to keeping your pipes safe are fairly simple. Here are some tricks to keep in mind.
If you tend to leave your home for the winter, be that on vacation or otherwise, it can be tempting to turn the heat off. This is something you don’t want to do. Turning the heat off may save you money on electricity, but it will cost you money in plumbing repairs.
Keeping your home warm will prevent your pipes from freezing. When the water in your pipes freezes, it expands. The expanded ice puts too much pressure on pipes, causing them to crack or burst completely. Coming back home in spring to find it with water damage and in need of a plumber is less than ideal. Avoid the issue right from the get-go by keeping your thermostat at 50 degrees Fahrenheit or higher while you’re gone.
The next thing to keep in mind is airflow. If you want your pipes to remain unfrozen, keeping the temperature high enough is key. The problem is, if you keep all of your doors shut, there’s no airflow. The rooms that have air vents will get all of the warm air and any rooms without will get cold.
Leaving bathroom doors open will help with this. Even better is to leave cabinet doors open if they give access to pipes. That means the cabinet where your sink is housed. Warm air will be able to flow into these cabinets if the doors are open. That will prevent freezing.
The final trick to preventing frozen pipes is insulating them. Insulating pipes isn’t as tricky as it sounds. You just need a cheap insulator. Simply buying pipe insulators from your neighborhood hardware store should do the trick. These foam insulators will wrap around exposed pipes, keeping the cold air off of them.
If you’d like to insulate pipes without buying insulators, you can even make do by employing blankets. Wrapping blankets around pipes you’re concerned about should do the trick. Just the act of keeping the cold air off of the pipes should help the cause.
POM Plumbing is ready to help if your pipes have burst. Give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to come out and take a look. Our emergency services are also available in the case of leaks and bursts turning up in the middle of the night. If you have a home plumbing emergency, you can count on POM Plumbing to take care of it.