Winterize Pipes Like a Professional
Plumbing professionals understand that the plumbing system is usually the last thing on homeowners’ minds at the end of the fall or the beginning of winter. If this sounds familiar, let this article be a reminder that as the weather continues to get colder, homeowners need to start thinking about ways to protect their pipes.
Frozen Pipes Are Asking For Trouble!
Frozen pipes pose a danger to the home because frozen pipes increase the risk of burst pipes. Burst pipes pose an enormous threat to the house for many reasons. Firstly, burst pipes jeopardize the integrity of the rest of the plumbing system. When there is one burst pipe, more will soon follow. Second, the water damage to the home’s structural integrity due to the burst pipe is why it is essential to have burst pipes fixed as soon as possible—the more water that leaks from the line, the more extensive the water damage.
Additional risks of a burst pipe are:
- The water bill will increase from wasted water pouring from the burst pipe.
- The wasted water is bad for the planet.
- Water escaping from the pipes makes them more susceptible to rust and corrosion.
The last thing anyone wants is to be forced to re-do their home’s piping system because they fell victim to frozen and burst pipes. Winterizing the plumbing system is more than just preventative maintenance. It can save the homeowner lots of money in repairs.
The Advantages of Pipe Insulation
Pipe insulation is the best way to protect pipes from frigid temperatures this winter. It typically doesn’t have to be redone unless it’s too old or the foam gets ripped or damaged. Pipe insulation helps prevent frozen pipes, in turn, preventing burst pipes.
Other benefits of pipe insulation include the following:
- Maintains warm water temperatures longer, so there is less strain on the water heater in the winter
- Saves on utility costs because the water stays at a warmer temperature longer
- Protects the homeowner from plumbing breakdowns due to frozen pipes
Here Are a Few Other Tips to Remember!
Aside from insulating the pipes, there are other things homeowners can do to help prevent their pipes from freezing. Some simple tips include:
- Sealing any cracks or openings around doors and windows to help keep the warm air in and the cold air out.
- During periods of freezing weather, let the water drip from faucets. Running water is less likely to freeze than stagnant water.
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during both day and night. Sudden temperature changes can cause pipes to freeze.
- If homeowners will be away from home for an extended period, make sure to shut off the water to the house and drain all the pipes.
If someone thinks their pipes have frozen, turn on the faucet and wait for them to thaw. Never try to thaw pipes with a blow torch or other open flame, as this can cause severe damage. By taking some simple precautions, homeowners can help prevent their pipes from freezing during the winter.
About Veteran Services
Veteran Services is a veteran-owned company serving Apple Valley, MN, and the surrounding neighborhoods. They provide competitive pricing, prompt services, and financing. Call them today for plumbing services or burst pipe repair in Apple Valley, MN.