Frozen pipes are not only inconvenient, but they can actually cause considerable damage within and around your property. You may not think there’s anything you can do to prevent this, but on the contrary, there are a couple steps you can take to protect your pipes from freezing this winter. This is vital to protecting your plumbing, as the freezing of water within the pipes causes them to expand and possible leak—even rupture.
Open the Faucets
The pipes that are most vulnerable to freezing are, understandably, the ones located outside your home. If you have any outdoor faucets that you use for sprinklers or hoses, turn off all water flow to those points. Then, open the faucets and leave them that way. This will effectively drain the water out of the pipes, preventing it from freezing and damaging the plumbing.
Add Insulation to Vulnerable Pipes
Although the pipes outside are most at risk, there are some pipes within your home that are also vulnerable to freezing, although they have to stay in use throughout the winter. This includes pipes under sinks, in crawl spaces, or in basements. In order to protect these pipes from freezing, you’re going to want to add insulation.
Adding insulating sleeves to your vulnerable pipes will keep the temperature of the water within the pipes from dropping too low. If you would rather not have them insulated, you may be able to accomplish the same effect by wrapping the exposed pipes in towels.
What’s most important is keeping them warm. If you are concerned about your plumbing vulnerability and unsure if you’re doing all that you can to protect your plumbing system this season, then give our professionals a call and we’ll be happy to check it all out for you.
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