Prep Your Pipes for Winter with these Tips
Winter is coming. And in Indiana, we all know that means sub-zero temperatures, ice, wind, and snow. The winter elements can be catastrophic to your plumbing system. Here are some of the best tips to avoid costly damage to your plumbing during the winter.
1. Insulate Your Water Pipes
Particularly in areas that are exposed to cold air, it’s very important that your pipes are insulated. Pipes that run throughout the auxiliary areas of your house (attic, basement, garage, etc.) are vulnerable to freezing. You can easily wrap your water pipes with paper, tape, foam or cardboard. Be sure to be mindful of how often your garage door is open as well. That’ll help keep cold air out.
2. Check For Leaks
Inspect your pipes – or have someone inspect them for you – to make sure they aren’t leaking. Leaky pipes can cause all types of problems, so it’s important to take care of them!
3. Double Check Your Heating
How does a winter without heat sound? That’s what you’re facing if your furnace goes out on you. Make sure your heating system is working properly before it gets too cold. Need help? You can always call a professional.
4. Protect Your Outdoor Faucets
Your kitchen and bathroom faucets should survive the winter. However, it may be a different story for faucets outside of the home. Drain and disconnect your hoses and, if possible, cut the water supply to the spigots. If water builds up in the spigots, you could have a pipe burst.
5. Tune Up Your Water Heater
Keep this in mind for this year and in the future: In the winter, it’s time to drain and tune up your water heater. If you’re trying to do it yourself, make sure you know all of the relevant parts and their functions. It can be complicated, so make sure you’re considering functionality and safety above all.
6. Think Ahead If You’re Traveling
Are you a snowbird? Going on a long trip over the holidays? You can be safe by cutting the main water supply and turning on the faucet to drain the pipes. Also, save money and protect your heating system by setting the thermostat at a temperature around 55-60 degrees.
7. Let Hot Air Reach Your Pipes
This is a well-known solution, and it’s always effective. Make sure you’re getting warm air to your pipes by opening doors that lead to them. For instance, open the cabinet doors under the sink so warm air can circulate. You can also leave a slow trickle of water to drip out of the faucet overnight to keep the pipes from freezing.
Don’t Be Frozen Out – Make It Allen
Since 1963, Allen Plumbing Company has served the Indianapolis community’s residential and commercial plumbing needs. From the kitchen to sump pumps to every emergency in between, Allen’s knowledgeable experts provide efficient and friendly service to get the job done.
Don’t let another Indiana winter put the freeze on your plumbing system. Give us a call at 317-912-1740 and make it Allen!