The winter can be hard on your home’s plumbing, even in locations that don’t get very cold. Once temperatures dip below freezing, frozen pipes can happen at any time.
Learn how to properly winterize your plumbing with Roto-Rooter’s helpful tips. Avoid a potential plumbing emergency and prevent a freeze or burst with our easy do-it-yourself preventive steps.
Following these simple guidelines to help keep your plumbing working at peak performance, even in the heart of winter:
Protect from the Outside In
In cold weather conditions, it is always important to pay attention to the outside of your home. Things like water hoses that remain connected during the winter months can potentially freeze and expand, causing the faucets and connecting pipes inside your home to freeze and break. Cover outside faucets with a Styrofoam faucet insulation kit designed for cold weather plumbing maintenance.
Let Your Faucets Drip
Flowing water is enough to keep your pipes from freezing. Letting your water faucets drip is another simple and easy way to avoid frozen pipes. A slow drip can help prevent ice from forming inside your pipes and help you to avoid a possible plumbing emergency. Interested in learning more? See Roto-Rooter’s online tips and plumbing basics for more detailed information and helpful videos designed to maximize your plumbing’s efficiency throughout your home. While you don’t have to leave all of your faucets on, you should target those faucets located along the outside walls of your home. A slight increase in your water bill during the cold winter months is a small price to pay when trying to avoid frozen or burst pipes, flooding and costly repairs.
Apply an outer layer of material to keep your pipes warm and insulated. Insulation is most important in places where your pipes are exposed to the elements where there is cold air and no heat (such as basements, attics and garages). A simple layer of insulation is all it takes to help avoid a potential plumbing emergency. Learn more about protecting your plumbing throughout the entire year with our helpful seasonal plumbing tips.
Protecting your home’s pipes during the winter can help you to avoid freezes, leaks and bursts. In order to prevent damage to your home and costly repairs, your pipes must first be insulated properly. Insulating your pipes can be done alone or if you are more inclined to hire an expert, Roto-Rooter is always here to help 24/7 when you need us most.
Always Check Your Heat
A simple tip to help avoid frozen pipes this winter is to check your home’s internal thermostat. Keeping your home properly heated (at no lower than 55 degrees) will help you to avoid frozen pipes during the winter. Follow these helpful steps to properly protect your home during the coldest months:
Have rooms that always seem cold? Consider bringing in heating devices for those rooms that never seem to get warm enough.
Check your vents to make sure they are not blocked by furniture or rugs – preventing air flow.
Open your kitchen sink and bathroom cabinet doors to help circulate warm air around your plumbing fixtures.
Call in the Plumbing Professionals
Whether you are looking for preventative maintenance to help winterize your plumbing this season or a pipe has burst in your home that requires immediate attention, your local Roto-Rooter plumbing professional of Knoxville, Tennesse is equipped to handle all of your residential plumbing needs.
From insulating your pipes that are exposed to the elements to looking for leaks and any potential plumbing emergencies, our trained plumbing experts are here to help protect your pipes and prepare your plumbing for any weather condition - all year round.
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