When it comes to a Colorado Springs winter, anything goes. From ice storms to blizzards to freezing temperatures, you never know what you're going to get. That's why it's important to be prepared. The last thing you want is to be inconvenienced by no running water or no working heat. Here are some ways to winterize your plumbing and prepare your house for those colder months.
Give your pipes a jacket
One of the most common (and most expensive!) issues during winter comes in the form of frozen pipes. This happens when your pipes are exposed in rooms with cold air and no insulation like basements, laundry rooms or garages. The water in these water supply will freeze, which can stop your running water altogether. Over time, the water will thaw, putting a strain on your water systems and may even lead to the lines bursting down the road. Instead of risking serious damage to your house, be sure to insulate your pipes. Protect your plumbing with a simple layer of insulation that will greatly reduce your chances of frozen pipes.
Don't trust yourself to get the job done? Have one of our experienced Roto-Rooter plumbers come out to do it for you. They will survey your home and ensure everything is insulated the way it needs to be. While you wait for them, wrap your pipes in some newspaper, or add a heater to the room where water pipes are exposed to keep them protected. Learn more about protecting your plumbing all year round with our helpful seasonal plumbing tips.
Allow your water faucets to trickle
Although it may appear counterproductive, running the water in your faucets can actually prevent ice from forming. The movement from a slight trickle from both the hot and cold faucets is enough to prevent frozen pipes when temperatures drop well below freezing. Faucets in fixtures located along outside walls are extremely susceptible, so be sure to turn them on daily when the deep freeze sets in. Hint:
Take action in your entire home
If you want to protect your house, be sure to take preventative actions all over. Keep your garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in there. Also, consider investing in a heating device so the garage stays warm throughout the cold weather. On the other hand, be sure to open your kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors so that the warm air can circulate around your plumbing fixtures. Keep your thermostat set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and night, even when nobody is home. It may result in a pricier heating bill, but you're also preventing a costly pipe repair as well. If you're going on vacation, do not turn the heat off.
Contact a professional
When it comes to preventing damage during future winters, be sure to call an experienced plumber. He can thoroughly insulate pipes for you or, if necessary, re-route exposed water supply pipes to better places to provide protection from cold air. A professional contractor or handyman can also add protective insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces to maintain a higher temperature. Be sure to call a professional to come out and help with these projects.
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