Winters are harsh in Williston, Vermont. While you may think you have it bad when you bundle up outside, your plumbing probably has it worse. Winterize your plumbing with these five helpful tips from Roto-Rooter to better protect your home's plumbing this winter:
1. Bring your spring and summer fixtures inside
Outdoor decor looks beautiful in your yard, but there's no need to have it outside during the winter months. The freezing temperatures can cause cracks in the material from which they are constructed, for starters. If any of the fixtures with which you decorate your yard have a water feature, your risk for damage is even higher. Make sure to bring things like hoses, water baths and garden fountains indoors for the cold winter months. Before you remove them from your yard, however, drain all of the remaining water, and wipe down the exterior surfaces with a rag or paper towel.
2. Insulate your pipes
Freezing pipes are extremely problematic for homeowners, especially in the winter. Not only will a frozen pipe prevent water from flowing to a faucet you may need, but it can be extremely costly to repair. The problem isn't so much when the water in your pipes freezes but rather when the pipe bursts. The resulting water damage can ruin the walls the pipe is behind and, if you don't notice the problem early on, entire rooms. Add a layer of insulation around your visible pipes to better protect them from freezing. If your home is old and wasn’t well insulated when built, you probably already know which pipes are at risk. Focus on any exposed pipes or ones located around exterior walls.
3. Double-check that your home has reliable heat
Another preventative measure against frozen pipes is to ensure your home stays warm. One of the easiest ways to do this: Make sure your furnace is working! If your house still feels cold when the furnace is working, make sure you don't have anything blocking the flow of hot air out of a vent. Rearrange any furniture or decor that would get in the way of hot air flowing out of the vents and through the rest of your home. Make sure it is set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent plumbing fixtures and pipes from freezing.
4. Space out showers
If you have a big family, this piece of advice is even more relevant for you. If you and your family take a lot of showers in a small window of time, odds are you'll experience a drop in water temperature. One of the best solutions to the problem is to simply space out the time between showers. If you think it will help, assign family members different times of the day to shower. Not only will that give your water heater a break, but it might also help you all get on more of a routine.
5. Leave your faucets dripping
Another great tip to help winterize your plumbing for the colder months is to leave both your hot and cold faucets dripping. The small flow of water through your pipes as a result of the drip is enough to ensure the water inside the pipes keeps moving and won't freeze. It is a good practice to do this in areas of your home in which the plumbing is along outside walls. Although you might notice a small increase in your water bill, the cost is minimal compared to what you'd have to spend fixing a frozen pipe and the accompanying water damage and water cleanup costs.
If you find these tips on winterizing your home useful, and would like additional information about winter plumbing protection for your home contact your Williston, VT Roto-Rooter plumbing professional today. Call 802-863-2722 now and we will be glad to schedule an appointment for you.
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