Winter is a tough time of the year for our home’s plumbing system. All it takes is one small crack in a pipe to lead to some very big problems. Between fixing the pipe, replacing water damaged items, and removing mold, just one burst pipe can cause more than $5,000 worth of repair costs.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so here are some steps you can take to prepare your plumbing system for the winter season.
Insulate Your Pipes
Pipe insulation is your first line of defense against freezing temperatures. Insulation is cheap, easy to install, and can prevent thousands of dollars in damages.
Fix Exterior Cracks
If you have any cracks in your foundation or exterior walls, seal them immediately to prevent cold air from coming in direct contact with your pipes.
Turn Off Outdoor Water System
‘Tis the season to disconnect your garden hoses, plug outdoor faucets, and turn off your sprinkler system. These fixtures are directly exposed to the chilly temperatures outside, and are therefore more susceptible to freezing.
Buy a Water Heater Jacket
Take a trip to your local hardware store and purchase an insulation cover (or a jacket) for your water heater. These covers only cost about $25 and can reduce your water heating bills by 10% or more.
Always Leave the Heat on 65° or Higher
Many people turn off their heating systems when they leave on vacation, and are surprised when they come back to a flood because their pipes froze. Prevent this from happening to you by keeping your heat on at least 65° at all times, even when you are away. A couple other things you can do to prevent your pipes from freezing include:
Open all of your cabinets so warm air can circulate around your pipes easily.
Turn one of your faucet handles until it begins dripping. This constant motion of water will make it harder for your pipes to freeze.
If you live in Pueblo County, Colorado, trust the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating to get your pipes ready for the cold winter season! Contact us online to get started, or give us a call at (719) 544-4922.