Winterizing your pipes before freezing temperatures are the norm goes a long way. Frigid temperatures, ice, and snow can all cause issues with your plumbing if you’re unprepared. There are some simple steps you can take to prevent broken pipes and other disasters from occurring this winter.
How to Avoid Broken Pipes & Prepare Your Plumbing for the Winter
1. Disconnect Hoses
Hoses still connected are a source of pipe damage. Water inside the hose can freeze and back up into any one of your faucets, causing the attached pipe to crack. Be sure to disconnect all hoses before the cold sets in.
2. Cover Hose Bibs
After you disconnect the hose, cover the outside faucet with a hose bib. These insulated bibs are inexpensive and slow the heat loss from a wall as it travels out into the cold air. These bibs save your pipes from cracking and help keep your heating expenses down by preserving the heat inside your home.
3. Insulate Your Pipes
If you happen to have pipes in an exposed area such as a crawl space or attic, be sure to insulate them before winter sets in. For added protection, purchase heat cable to run along the piping before insulting it. This fix will spare any exposed pipes from cracking or freezing.
If you’re concerned about winterizing your plumbing before the cold sets in, speak with a qualified plumbing expert who can assess your needs. The professional team at Wayne’s Drains has been serving the Wisconsin Rapids, WI, community for years. Whether you need assistance with winterizing your plumbing, dealing with broken pipes, or you need help with your septic system, they will assist. Call them at (715) 325-1948 or visit their website for more information.