Most of the homes in the South aren’t made for icy weather and making sure that your home is winter-ready for frigid temperatures to rise is important. The last thing you would want is for a pipe to freeze or burst while the roads are frozen over.
Don’t wait until your home’s plumbing system is destroyed to take action. Our team is ready to help you take on any plumbing maintenance that may be caused by winter storms or temperatures that will help you prevent future damage. Start preparing now with a few useful tips that will help ensure your home’s plumbing system is protected during the winter.
Fixing Existing Leaks
First and foremost, it is important to have your home’s plumbing system ready for winter by getting any existing leaks repaired. The smallest leaks can cause major problems in the winter if the temperatures get low enough. Leaking areas around your pipes become natural weak spots. As the leaking water begins to freeze, the weak spots around will also freeze, causing the freezing water to expand around your pipes. As the freezing water expands, increased pressure will be put onto your pipes making them more likely to burst. Take the time to fix inconvenient leaks now and save yourself a headache in the winter.
Insulate Exposed Pipes
One of the most common issues for plumbing repair comes from frozen pipes. To prevent frozen pipes, it is best to have exposed water pipes insulated in places that are unheated. Check all of your exposed pipes, including ones in your basement, and insulate ones that you are concerned about. This usually consists of your pipes being covered with foam sleeves, but there are alternatives such as newspaper or heat tape to keep them from freezing.
Turn Off Your Water When Traveling
Coming back from a trip to your home with a burst pipe is going to be an unwanted surprise. Shutting off your water and draining your pipes is most ideal for long trips. Another option is to leave your water on a trickle and keeping the thermostat on high also will help prevent frozen pipe, but this option is more risky and costly. However, the cost will not compare to the serious damage a burst pipe can do to your house while you are away traveling.
Protect Your Faucets
Outdoor faucets are exposed to all elements, so it is important to make sure they are protected. Forgetting about your outdoor faucets can result in serious consequences to your plumbing system. To make sure they are protected, you are going to want to make sure that you disconnect and drain your garden hoses. After this, you need to make sure that your exposed faucets themselves are fully drained. You can do this by shutting off the water supply to your outdoor faucets.
If after all of the measures have been taken you still run into burst or frozen pipes, the professional plumbers at Mudbug Plumbing & Remodeling will effectively help you out. We’re open Monday through Friday, so call us at (504) 882-9428.
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