Preparing Your Home for WinterNovember 9, 2011 0 Comments
It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means that cold weather is just around the corner (it’s already here in some states!). And each and every winter, thousands of households across the country have their homes ruined and their lives disrupted by frozen, cracked and burst water pipes.
At AdvantaClean, we get dozens of calls related to frozen pipes and water damage during the winter months. And it’s not just copper and metal pipes that can freeze and burst — even the more modern plastic and PVC pipes can become victims of the cold weather.
Frozen pipes can mean extremely expensive and extensive repairs…and not just from a plumbing perspective. Even a small crack can spew hundreds of gallons of water a day, and that can cause extreme damage to ceilings, walls and floors.
By taking these simple preventive measures, you can save you a lot of money and heartache.
- Insulate all pipes throughout your home — particularly in crawlspaces and attics (these exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing).
- Look for and seal all leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located, especially around electrical wiring and vents.
- Disconnect outdoor garden hoses and shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets.
- Try not to let your plumbing go idle. Each day, try to run at least some water from as many fixtures — sinks, toilets, tubs — as you can. Even a trickle of hot and cold water running through all of your houses pipes might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing.
- If you have any uninsulated pipes that are hidden under sinks or in closets, open up cabinets and doors to allow room heat to get to them.
- If you leave your home for a few days or take a winter vacation, keep the heat on. Make sure you set the thermostat no lower than 55°F.
- If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and then call a professional plumber.
- If you suspect or know that your water pipes have frozen and burst, turn off the water at the main shut-off valve and leave the water faucets turned on.
- If you have visible water damage, or suspect a hidden leak, call AdvantaClean.