How to Prepare Your Pipes for Winter

October 17, 2019

As the temperatures drop, we’re reminded that it’s time to start thinking about winterizing your pipes. Plumbing maintenance in Coweta County, GA is an important part of home ownership. Although no one enjoys preparing pipes for winter, the damage it can prevent can save you thousands of dollars. We all know water freezes, but when it freezes inside your pipes, the consequences can be particularly horrible.

Here are the best tips to get ready for the cold:

  • Turn off outdoor faucets and disconnect hoses: Turn the water to your outdoor faucets off at the shutoff valve, and let the water drain out. If the water continues to drip, your shutoff valve may need to be replaced. For hoses, ensure that they’re drained of water and then bring them indoors.
  • Insulate your pipes: Pipes that are exposed to colder temperatures, like those in the attic or basement, are more susceptible to freezing. Wrap heat cable and insulation around the pipes to keep them warm and the water flowing all winter long.
  • Keep warm air circulating: One way to ensure your indoor pipes don’t freeze is to open your kitchen and bathroom cabinets. This allows the warm air from your HVAC system to circulate underneath the sinks and around the exposed pipes underneath.
  • Let the water trickle: When the temperature drops significantly, leave your water on. It sounds counterintuitive, but letting a little trickle of running water go through the pipes can keep them from freezing. You may see a spike in your water bill, but it will still be much cheaper than repairing a broken pipe.
  • Check your heating: Is it warm enough in your home to keep pipes from freezing? This is a good time to test your HVAC system and troubleshoot any problems. Winter will be here before you know it, and waiting on an HVAC repair could increase your plumbing related problems.
  • Consider a smart home thermostat alert system: Some wi-fi enabled smart home thermostat systems will monitor your home’s temperature and send an email or text alert when it gets too cold.
  • Seal any holes you spot: Many people like to use expandable foam to seal holes in their home, particularly between floor joists. This keeps cold air out and heat in, which helps ensure your indoor pipes don’t get cold enough to freeze.
  • Shut the water off before vacation: Turning off your water supply before you leave will prevent any water from flowing into your pipes, so you don’t have to worry about water damage while you’re trying to eat your Thanksgiving turkey.

Plumbing maintenance in Coweta County, GA

If you need assistance with plumbing maintenance in Coweta County, GA, contact Victor Moody Plumbing Inc. We’re proud to provide our commercial and residential clients with high-quality plumbing services that both meet and exceed their expectations. We’ll help you maintain or repair your plumbing promptly and efficiently. Find out why our customers have been coming back since 1990 by giving us a call today to schedule your appointment.

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