If you live in an area where the temperatures often dip below freezing, you’ll want to winterize your home. In addition to freezing water, continuous hours of exposure to freezing air can also freeze your plumbing.
With just a few winterization tips from Clog Pro, your plumbing will be safe and protect against frigid temperatures.
1. Insulate Pipes In Unheated Areas
One way to start winterizing your pipes is by insulating them. Insulation sleeves and slip-on foam insulation are sold at most hardware and home improvement stores. They’re affordable and easy to install–you simply apply the insulation around your pipes.
2. Attach Heat Tape To Pipes
For added protection to your pipes, you can wrap heat tape around your pipes before applying your insulation. Just be sure to read the instructions on the product prior to applying to prevent fire hazards.
3. Insulate Outdoor Faucet
Spigots, hose bibs, sillcocks — these plumbing fixtures go by many names and if left unprotected will freeze and burst from the cold air. Drain your faucets and insulate them. You can buy foam faucet covers from most hardware stores or home improvement stores. Then, once you’ve insulated your faucets, deactivate them at the shutoff valve.
4. Leave Your Faucet Dripping
If you know you’re in for a very cold night–below freezing, leave your faucets dripping overnight. It doesn’t have to be every faucet, just the ones that are vulnerable. The water flowing continuously through your pipes, even just a trickle, will help prevent them from freezing.
5. Open Your Cabinet Doors
A quick and easy way to help prevent the pipes beneath your sinks from freezing is by simply opening up the cabinet doors. Opening up these doors helps warmer air circulate around your plumbing.
6. Fix Cracks
Inspect your home, looking for any cracks in walls or the foundation. If cold air seeps into your home and makes contact with your pipes, they have the potential to freeze. You can seal cracks with caulk or spray foam.
7. Keep Your Thermostat Settings Consistent
Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature day and night. This may slightly increase your heating bill, but you’ll prevent a much costlier repair if pipes freeze and burst.
Don’t run the risk of letting your pipes freeze this winter. If you have any questions or want professional help when winterizing your home, give us a call. We’re proud to provide our customers with professional home winterization services, so you can rest knowing your pipes are protected this winter. We provide the highest quality of service to all customers and do it all with a smile!