Let's face it: the last thing you need during the holidays is to deal with a huge plumbing emergency and flood! As the weather begins to drop and the snow continues to fall, you’ll be able to sleep tight knowing your plumbing is prepared for the cold.
So just how does one begin winterizing their plumbing? We have the answers for you below:
Educate Your Family
The first thing you'll want to do is make sure your family knows where the main shutoff valve is. When a pipe bursts, you’ll want to run to shut off the water ASAP, and knowing the location of the valve quickly can save you some unnecessary water damage.
Before the holiday season gets crazy, and the temperatures begin to drop you’ll want to consider looking into insulating your pipes. By doing so, you can lower your heating bill, prevent bursts, and prevent further damage. If you are not sure how or why pipe insulation is necessary, we have more answers for you here: http://bit.ly/2A1xKoz.
Find and Fix Cracks
Have some exterior cracks you’ve been ignoring? Now is the time to get to patching! Exterior cracks can let the heat out and cold air in, ultimately getting to your pipes. With some spray foam, you can have a minor issue fixed in no time!
Do Your Nightly Check
If you know it’s going to be an extra cold night, go around and prep your pipes! You can do this by turning your faucets on to a very slow drip. This will allow for a flow of water and prevent freezing. While you’re at it, keep the cabinets under your sink open so your pipes can get the heat it needs.
If you suspect you might have a pipe leak or crack, please do not hesitate to call our professional plumbers and appliance repair experts.