The Colorado climate can get pretty dangerous. The average snowfall for Arvada is 84 inches! That’s more than many parts of Alaska receive. Although some days the sun might be bright and shining, the snow persists and temperatures can be cold.
It doesn't matter if you've lived in Colorado for years or just moved there, protecting your home during winter should be at the top of your to-do list. Here's how to winterize your plumbing for your Arvada home:
Check your heat
By the time most people realize their heat isn't working, it's already too late. Their homes are freezing and they have to deal with that until they get someone out there to fix the issue. Instead of waiting for the worst, regularly check your heating system and change the filter on the first day of each month. This is easier than you think. Also, locate your vents. Next, turn your heating system up and stand near the vents. Feel the temperature of the blowing air. If it doesn't feel warm, you might want to give someone a call to come check it out. The last thing you want is your home's furnace to be out when a snowstorm hits or sub-zero temperatures set in.
Protect your pipes
When it comes to winterizing your home, insulating your pipes is one of the most important steps you can take to prevent frozen pipes. When water supply pipes are exposed to extreme cold, they can freeze. This can result in expensive and large cleanups for your home.
You wouldn't leave the house in a light jacket when it's snowing, would you? Consider the same logic with your pipes and exposed plumbing fixtures. Cut foam insulation sleeves to the proper length and fit them around your pipes. The added layers of protection will help them stay warm and operational throughout the colder months of the year, even when it goes from chilly to freezing.
Let your faucets drip
It might not be the first thing you think of, but leaving your faucets on can actually help prevent frozen pipes from happening. The continuous water will keep the flow in your pipes going, even in the coldest of temperatures. Do this for any sink, shower or bathtub located along outside walls of the house. There are sure to be certain pipes in your home that are at high risk - especially ones found in unheated basements, garages and attics. Making sure there is a constant flow of water through these pipes – a trickle will do just fine, can save you time and money down the road and help prevent frozen pipes.
The snow is probably already covering your backyard and anything that's in it, so disconnect any water features and fixtures, like hoses, sprinklers, water fountains or even bird baths. Be sure to drain water from them and move them indoors for the season. Ensuring that the water is drained from all your exposed fixtures is essential to protecting your home. If the water found in these appliances freezes, it will likely result in damage. Be sure to store everything inside in a warm, dry room so you can bring it back out when spring finally arrives.
These tips will help winterize your plumbing for your home and help reduce the chances of having plumbing problems that can cost you a lot of money. Call 303-571-2024 today for more useful tips or to schedule an appointment with your Arvada, CO Roto-Roooter .
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