Winterizing your plumbing system is extremely important during the cold season. Your pipes can freeze and crack causing costly water damage to your home. Here are a few winterizing steps you can take to prevent plumbing damage when temperatures are freezing.
How to Winterize Your Home
1. Inspect Plumbing for Damage
First, take a look at your plumbing for any areas of weakness. Tighten loose connections and ensure there’s no damage. You should also patch up any cracks in your walls, ceilings and floors with caulk to keep freezing air out.
This will prevent air from chilling your piping. If any of your pipes are worn and old, you should also have them replaced to prevent potential bursts.
2. Insulate Pipes
When the temperatures dip below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, your pipes are susceptible to freezing and cracking, as the water expands and turns to ice. By using pipe insulation you can prevent this from happening.
You can do this by wrapping pipes in heat tape before using insulation tubes made of polyethylene or fiberglass. A professional can also help you do this safely.
3. Seal off Crawl Space & Insulation Cracks
Take a look at the exterior of your home. Make note of any cracks in the insulation around your garage doors and windows. Cracks in insulation can let freezing air seep through and reach your pipes. Ventilated crawl spaces will need to be sealed before the winter, too.
To do this, find the points where air could come through and duct tape pieces of cardboard to the areas. You may want to check the boards periodically throughout the season and replace any damaged sections.
If you’re looking for a reliable team to help you winterize your home or replace old piping, turn to Flo-Rite Plumbing, Inc. serving the greater Flathead Valley since 2001. They service all of Kalispell, Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Lakeside and Bigfork communities delivering quality repairs and other plumbing work. Learn more about what they do online or call (406) 257-6897 to schedule an appointment.