As a homeowner, you must prepare for the effects of winter weather, including freezing pipes. Water expands as it turns into solid ice, putting tremendous pressure on your plumbing. Before outdoor temperatures drop significantly, you should take the necessary measures to keep your pipes warm and your water running.
Calypso Plumbing Inc., your residential and industrial plumbing contractor, shares four tips to prevent pipes from freezing this winter.
1. Drain Outdoor Water Supply Lines
Keeping the outdoor water supply running in winter doesn’t make sense. After all, you won’t be doing any gardening or landscaping during this time of the year. Got hoses attached to your outdoor faucets? Consider removing them to allow water to properly drain. Otherwise, water inside the pipes may freeze in cold weather and cause damage. After closing the valves that provide water to your outdoor hose, let the hose bib drain while leaving the faucet on.
2. Open Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinet Doors
Lack of insulation in the exterior wall of your kitchen or bathroom sink can make any plumbing running through it vulnerable to the cold, causing the pipes to freeze and burst. Consider opening the cabinet doors overnight to allow warmer air to circulate the plumbing.
3. Add Insulation
Never let your tankless water heaters and other plumbing fixtures get damaged by frozen water. Make sure to add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces to allow these areas to maintain higher temperatures and prevent drafts from entering around windows and doors. It is a long-term solution to ensure indoor warmth in winter.
4. Set Your Thermostat to the Same Temperature
Come winter, be sure to set your thermostat to the recommended temperature, which is 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep it that way for the whole season. Although it goes against conserving energy, the additional expense is nothing compared to a significant plumbing repair bill.