Here's how to prep your home for a Tampa winter.
A Tampa, Florida, winter likely will not have inches of snow or below-zero temperatures. In fact, some days the sun might even be shining. However, that doesn't mean you can skimp on winterizing your home’s plumbing. There are still precautions to take to ensure your house is ready for the colder months and to protect your plumbing. Here's how to prep your home for a Tampa winter:
Insulate your pipes
One of the biggest problems that homeowners run into during winter is the issue of frozen pipes. During the colder months, your plumbing system is exposed to cold temperatures. As a result, the water inside your pipes can freeze and split open due to pressure. The freeze cuts off water supply, then when the ice thaws, the pipes will begin spewing water through the damaged sections of pipe. This can result in extensive, expensive and unnecessary repairs. Luckily, insulating your pipes can lessen the chances of them freezing and help to winterize your plumbing.
Note: The pipes that are most susceptible to freezing are the ones found in chilly areas of your home like basements, laundry rooms and garages. Be sure to make the rounds on your entire home to insulate everything in plain sight. If your washing machine is in the garage, its water supply lines could freeze too. It’s a good idea to turn off the water supply lines to your washing machine if the temperature is expected to drop below freezing to help protect your plumbing.
Drain your water systems
You may think this goes without saying, but you must make sure to drain your pool’s pump and supply lines so they don’t freeze. In addition, allowing inside faucets to trickle can prevent them from freezing. This is only necessary for faucets located along outside walls of your home. Disconnect outside hoses and drain your sprinkler systems for the winter season to prevent freezing and damage.
Check your heating
Despite the reputation of Florida winters, it's a good idea to make sure your heating system is in order. Now is a good time to make sure everything is working properly. You can call a professional or even do this yourself. Take a day to monitor the thermostats and vents. Make sure the air blowing is the right temperature and the pressure in which it's blowing is strong enough. Make sure that your vents aren't being blocked by any furniture, rugs, curtains, etc. so that the air can circulate around the entire house.
If you don't feel confident checking out all your plumbing systems, give the professionals over at Roto-Rooter a call to inspect your home’s plumbing.
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