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Are Your Pipes Ready for Winter?

Despite the fact that it may not seem like winter just yet, we can’t forget that whether we want it to or not…winter is coming.  We have already talked about how important a furnace inspection is, as well as the switch from cooling the home to heating it.  Now it is time to discuss how to make sure that your plumbing is also ready for the cold temperatures of winter.

You probably know that water pipes can freeze and burst when they get too cold.  This could cause lots of expensive damage to your home.  In order to be sure that this does not happen, follow these easy steps:

Keep Water Pipes Warm-it may be obvious, but the best way to prevent water pipes bursting is to not allow the water to freeze. Water pipes that are inside the home are typically not in danger of freezing so long the indoor temperature is never too low.

Pipes located outside of the home or in non heated areas, such as the attic, are at a greater risk.  There are two options for dealing with these.

  • Ask a plumber if the pipes could be redirected so they run in heated areas, but this may not always be feasible.
  • Another option is to insulate these outdoor pipes or pipes in non heated areas.  Insulation can be found through professional companies such as Thermal Services as well as at hardware stores and plumbing supply stores. The more insulation, the better!

If you already have pipes located inside, great!  However, it is important that you check walls for cracks and holes that might let cold air in around these pipes and then seal any holes or cracks you find.

Keep Water Flowing-Burst pipes happen from intense water pressure due to frozen sections of a pipe.  Hence, even the littlest flow of water will relieve some of the pressure.  Just turn the faucet on so it is dripping, and it should only be done for at-risk pipes outside or in non heated areas.  This way you won’t unnecessarily waste water.

For more information, please contact Thermal Services!  Most of this information was found at “Preventing Frozen Pipes” (The Weather Channel).  Remember, if you do have have an issue with a burst pipe, immediately call a professional plumber to help.

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