Being New England residents, we know that our colder winter months can make the pipes outside of our homes susceptible to freezing. It’s always good to be ahead of the game so that when the temperatures drop, you are prepared to prevent frozen pipes inside.
Water expands as it freezes, and expanding water can cause pipes to leak, crack or even break and burst.
The pipes which are at the highest risk of freezing are the ones that are unprotected, such as hoses, pool lines, sprinkler lines, and pipes in unheated areas of basements, attics, crawl spaces, garages, or under kitchen or bathroom cabinets.
You can, however, take action to avoid freezing pipes and water damage. This will also avert the expensive repairs that follow. Saviour Septic, LLC is happy to give you some tips to keep your water flowing next winter.
1. We all have different plumbing systems, and being aware of how yours is set up will save you a lot of time and money. Be sure to know where your main water shutoff valve is situated. If you are ever unfortunate enough to have your pipes burst, you will want to be able to shut off the main water valve instantly in order to minimize the damage. You also want to take precautions to insulate any pipes in the attic or any crawl space you might have.
2. Protect your plumbing from the elements by wrapping/insulating your pipes, mainly those near any outside walls, under your house, or in the attic. Go to your local hardware store and purchase items such as heating cables or heat tape.
3. In extreme temperatures, it’s always a good idea to open up your kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors under your sinks in order to permit warmer air to flow near the pipes.
4. Turn your main water valve off and drain the water in the pipes prior to leaving for a trip. By doing this, you can prevent finding frozen pipes upon your return. Also, keep the thermostat at a practical temperature to keep your home above freezing.
5. Varying water pressure can certainly be an indication of a current problem and could mean that your pipes are at risk for freezing. Keep an eye on your water pressure. If you have any problems or find that nothing is coming out of your faucet, call the professional experts at Saviour Septic, LLC for immediate help.