During winter, temperatures plummet throughout the country. This means plumbing equipment installed in unheated areas is particularly vulnerable to freezing. Frozen pipes and additional fixtures don’t only cause water to move slowly through faucets and shower heads. The cold conditions also make equipment expand and contract, leading to bursts pipes and additional damage. To prevent these costly headaches, below are three tips to get your plumbing system ready for winter.
How to Prepare Plumbing Systems for Winter Weather
Drain Outdoor Plumbing Equipment
If you still have garden hoses and sprinklers outside from a mild fall, it’s time to store them away for winter. Water can freeze in spigots and hoses, so make sure the equipment is completely drained for the season. To keep moisture away, it’s also wise to power down the shutoff valve for outdoor plumbing fixtures.
Keep Cabinet Doors Open
To easily filter waste out of the house, kitchen and bathroom plumbing equipment is normally installed behind cabinets on outer property walls. These unheated, drafty areas are particularly cold in winter, increasing the risk of pipes freezing. To combat the cold air, keep cabinet doors open. This way, plumbing equipment can more readily receive warmth from the heating system.
Insulate Water Pipes in Attics, Garages, & Crawl Spaces
Behind kitchen cabinets and bathroom drawers aren’t the only cold areas in a property during winter. Attics, garages, and crawl spaces are also prone to icy temperatures during the colder months. Water lines often snake through these areas of the house. To keep them from freezing, wrap them in heat tape or foam sleeves for extra insulation.
If your plumbing system needs tender love and care this winter, it’s best to leave maintenance, repairs, and installation services in professional hands. The team at Killingsworth Environmental Home Services in Charlotte, NC, will do everything they can to improve the quality and efficiency of your plumbing equipment, preventing leaks, mold growth, and additional water damage. To schedule a service appointment, call (704) 563-8787 today. Visit the company online for special offers on plumbing and HVAC services, and like them on Facebook for updated announcements.