How to prepare your plumbing system to prevent freezing pipes and other cold weather plumbing problems
There are certain winter plumbing tips that can help keep your home happy and maintian an efficent water system. Along with the cold weather also comes the holiday season that adds extra stress to your homes plumbing system due to the increase of family members and activity in your home. Did you know that Thanksgiving is the single busiest day for plumbers? You can thankfully do some prep work to help prevent some common plumbing problems by being ahead of the cold weather season and holidays.
Know the location of your shut off valve and have a key to it
If you were to have a major incident with your homes plumbing this is the number 1 important thing to know. Typically they are outside about 4 foot from your home (if you have one) and can be hidden beneath landscape. It also can be beside the water meter. It is crucial to know where this is incase you have a pipe burst and need to cut off the water supply to your home to prevent further damage.
Another winter plumbing tip is turn off outside spigots to prevent them from freezing
Did you know the average homeowners expense for a pipe rupture is $10,000 according to insurance companies? Having an emergency plumber fix the plumbing and then a cleanup crew to dry your home out and contractors to replace flooring walls etc is huge! Take a few minutes and disconnect garden hoses from the spigot and purchase a cover from your local harware store to protect the outdoor spigots. This will go a long way to protecting your home from cold weather.Ever wonder why do we have so many burst pipes hear in the Charlotte area? Plumbing pipes like all material after time deteriorate and are weak and thin. Along comes old man winter and the water in that thin pipe freezes and burst. As it begins to thaw you are left with a plumbing emergency.
Look for pipes in uninsulated areas of your home
Pipes running on the outside edge of your home’s exterior are most susceptible to freezing. They should be covered with towels or foam to protect them from cold temperatures. Allowing your faucets to drip water slowly to encourage water flow is another good winter weather tip.
Thinking about turning down the heat in your home to conserve energy
Turning down the heat while your away from your home sounds like a good idea but that also leaves your plumbing pipes suseptible to freezing temperatures and possibly rupturing. The damage can be even greater if it goes unnoticed for days or weeks.We recommend no lower than 60 degrees. If your gonna be out of town have a neighbor checkin on your home.
Next week we’ll talk more about winter plumbing tips here on the blog to help your keep your largest investment safe and problem free.