Here are four tips from your Roto-Rooter plumber to help winterize your plumbing.
Durham, North Carolina, is a city that occasionally endures harsh winters. Even though we’re in the south, Old Man Winter somehow seems to line up our city in its crosshairs often enough that our homes and property can suffer damage. That’s especially true for water supply pipes in our plumbing systems. Get ahead of the game, and winterize your plumbing this year. Here are four tips from your professional Roto-Rooter plumber to help winterize your plumbing:
1. Protect your pipes
One of the most extensive problems occurs when your pipes freeze. It's tricky to notice a frozen pipe until it's too late. There's no way for you to know the water inside your plumbing is frozen until you can't get water out of a faucet. Most likely this will occur in the plumbing in your home that is most exposed to the cold air. That includes unfinished areas, like basements or attics or pipes located along under-insulated outside walls. Frozen pipes can be inconvenient for you and your family, as well as costly to repair. And the resulting water damage can easily cause thousands of dollars in damage. One of the easiest way to prevent pipes from freezing? Insulation! Manufacturers make all sorts of insulation that is specifically designed to protect your plumbing. Visit the hardware store or home center and strike up a conversation with a knowledgeable employee. In particular, ask about foam pipe sleeve covers and outdoor hose bib protectors.
2. Bring outside water fixtures inside
Don't forget about the water fixtures you use to decorate your yard! When the temperature drops below freezing, any remaining water will freeze and likely cause damage to the fixtures themselves. Instead of waiting for cracks to develop, bring these items inside for storage during the winter. Items that may be at risk outdoors during the winter include garden fountains, bird baths and even less decorative things, like hoses. Drain the pumps and hoses of all water. Keep them in a dry place until the weather breaks in the spring.
3. Leave faucets dripping
One of the easiest ways to prevent frozen pipes during the winter is to leave at-risk indoor faucets dripping. Don’t leave outside faucets dripping or you’ll invite more problems than you solve. Letting them drip ensures a continuous water flow through the pipe, which will be enough to keep your plumbing from freezing.
4. Check your heat
The last thing you want during the cold winter months is to be without heat in your home. Unless you sport multiple layers of clothing on a regular basis, you're likely to notice a problem with your heating system. As far as your plumbing goes, a lack of heat can be problematic because it means your pipes are more likely to freeze. Luckily, this piece of advice won't require much effort on your end. Simply place your hand underneath a vent or air duct to make sure the air coming out is hot.
Hopefully these tips go without saying. However, if you need help to winterize your plumbing for your home call 919-598-0255 today. One of our Durham, NC Roto-Rooter plumbing professionals will be glad to assist you with your plumbing problems. We are here to help you with all of your plumbing and drain service needs.
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