7 Tips to Winterize your Home Plumbing and Pipes
If you live in an area that drops to below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, you’ll want to have your home winterized. Water, as it starts to freeze, expands. And if that freezing water is in your pipes, your pipes can potentially burst and crack, causing massive flooding and damage to your home.
1. Insulate Your Pipes
One way to start winterizing is by insulating your pipes. You can buy insulation sleeves or slip-on foam insulation from a hardware store or home improvement center and apply it around your pipes. Make sure not to leave any gaps or else those open areas will be susceptible to freezing.
2. Apply Heat Tape
For added protection to your pipes, we recommend wrapping heat tape around your pipes before applying your insulation. Just be sure to read the instructions on the product prior to applying as some heat tapes pose a fire hazard.
3. Don’t Forget Your Spigots
Spigots, hose bibs, sillcocks — these plumbing fixtures go by many names. And if left unattended will freeze and burst from the cold air. Drain your spigots and insulate them. You can buy foam faucet covers from most hardware stores or home improvement centers. Then once you’ve insulated your spigots, deactivate them at the shutoff valve.
4. Leave Your Faucet Dripping
If you know you’re in for a very cold night–below freezing, we recommend leaving your faucets dripping overnight. The water flowing continuously through your pipes will help prevent them from freezing. And if they do freeze, they are less susceptible to bursting.
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 bring the heat from your home in toward the pipes.
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. So, if you notice cracks, seal them with caulking or spray foam.
7. Insulate Your Crawl Space, Garage Doors, and Basement Windows
Your crawl space, garage, and basement are other areas where cold air can seep through. To insulate these areas, use foam crawl space vent covers to prevent cold air from entering the crawlspace from the outside and apply door sweeps to your garage doors to help prevent drafts from entering.
Fortunately, the experts at Clog Pro Plumbing and Drain are here for you. We’re proud to provide our customers with professional home winterization services, so you can rest knowing your pipes are protected this winter.
If you need help winterizing your home or have any questions, contact Clog Pro. We provide the highest quality of service to all customers and do it all with a smile!
7 Tips to Winterize your Home Plumbing and Pipes IN VANCOUVER WA AND PORTLAND OR
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