With winter right around the corner, homeowners need to be diligent and take steps to avoid pipes from freezing in their homes. The extreme winter temperatures can cause water that is inside of your pipes to begin to expand, creating cracks or tears in the walls of the pipes. When the water freezes and then ultimately thaws there is a possibility that major water damage can occur. Here at Steve Mull Plumbing our team of specialists wants to share some useful tips on how you can avoid frozen pipes this winter.
Simple But Practical Tips
There are a number of simple steps to take to avoid pipes from freezing in your home. Let’s discuss some of them here now.
- · Insulate your pipes – Insulation, as we all know, helps to protect plumbing pipes, especially in the cold winter months. Some common areas in the home where exposed pipes are apt to be present and need insulation include basements, closet spaces and crawl spaces. If you have exposed plumbing pipes in your home that require insulation and are not comfortable to perform this task yourself, then don’t delay in contacting the specialists here at Steve Mull Plumbing. Whatever the case, be sure to insulate any exposed plumbing pipes.
- · Pack away all those hoses – Before the onset of the frigid winter temperatures, be sure that you store away all your hoses. More times than not, hoses still have water within them. If you leave them outside, the water in the hoses can freeze and can also make its way into the spigot. When this occurs, you may find yourself faced with leaks inside the walls of your home. To avoid this, be sure to drain the water from the hoses and store them away in the garage or shed or even in your basement until the warmer weather returns.
- · When traveling be sure to keep the heat on in your home – Though saving money and conserving energy is something we all like to do, it is important that you do not turn the heat off in your home when you are away or traveling. If the heat is turned off there is a greater probability that the pipes in your home can freeze. Frozen pipes can ultimately burst and create major problems in your home. With that said, it’s nice to save money, but when traveling during the cold winter months, that is not the time to conserve energy. Be sure that the thermostat in your home is set at 55-58 degrees Fahrenheit in order to protect your plumbing pipes from freezing and avoid extensive damage and costly plumbing repairs.
Winter can be a very difficult and dangerous time of year, especially for your home plumbing pipes. If you find yourself faced with frozen pipes or if you are in need of insulation or any number of other plumbing services, we are the team for you. Here at Steve Mull Plumbing we take tremendous pride in providing the highest quality products and services to all our clients whether winter, spring, summer or fall.
To avoid the challenges and costly repairs of frozen pipes be sure to follow these simple but helpful tips above. For more information on how to prevent freezing of your plumbing pipes or for any other plumbing issues you may have, reach out to one of our team today. Here at Steve Mull Plumbing our clients are like family to us. With that said, we are steadfast in meeting the individual needs of all our clients and in ensuring the overall safety of their homes and families. The holiday seasons are upon us and we wish to send along wishes from our family to yours for a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving season!