With the arrival of winter upon us, days are quite a bit shorter and especially cooler. Daytime is less and nighttime much longer and colder throughout the season. With that said, freezing temperatures can be ever so common in the bitter winter months. When freezing temperatures occur for consecutive days, it is important for homeowners to give focus to their plumbing system. The team here at Steve Mull Plumbing wants to offer our valued clients so important insight about cold weather and dripping faucets.
DRIPPING FAUCETS DURING THE FREEZING WEATHER?
In the winter months, rain, snow and ice can certainly wreak havoc on your plumbing and especially your water pipes. With this thought in mind, homeowners should know that it is important to allow your faucets to drip a bit during the bitter cold weather in order to keep the water moving at all times through your water pipes. When the temperatures are near freezing or below, you may experience frozen, bursting water pipes which result in very expensive repairs. When you allow the water to drip you help keep the pipes from freezing.
As many of us know, burst water pipes are one of the most common occurrences that result in property damage during the cold weather seasons and can cause homeowners thousands of dollars in water damage. For this reason alone, the professionals here at Steve Mull Plumbing encourage homeowners to take necessary precautions during the frigid temperatures in order to avoid pipes from bursting and causing costly water damage.
PREVENT BURST PIPES
When you allow your pipes and faucets to drip during frigid temperatures you allow the water to keep on moving inside the pipes thereby minimizing the chances of the water freezing. Insulated water pipes coupled with dripping faucets is a surefire way of avoiding pipes from freezing and bursting. Keep in mind it is not necessary to allow warm water to drip, cold water works sufficiently.
As a rule of thumb, anytime the temperature outside is below freezing for consecutive days you should allow your faucet to drip, especially if, for some reason, your pipes are not properly insulated. Also, it is not necessary to have multiple dripping faucets, but rather one faucet will serve the purpose.
Here at Steve Mull Plumbing we highly suggest you become familiar with the water pipes in your home so that should a problem occur, you will know exactly where to look in order to locate the frozen pipe quickly. If you are unsure of what to do, or you have questions regarding frozen pipes and dripping faucets, be sure to reach out to our professional team. Our expert plumbers are on hand to answer all your questions and address any concerns you may have.
With our years of experience, the dedicated plumbers here at Steve Mull Plumbing have surely seen just about every scenario linked to frozen pipes during the frigid winter months. Further, our team is highly skilled and experienced in all types of plumbing issues and are committed to providing all our valued clients with the highest quality products and services this side of Lebanon.
If you are concerned about the possibility of your home’s pipes freezing this winter or if you are in need of any other type of plumbing services, then surely you have come to the right place. We hope the insight we have offered here on the importance of dripping faucets in the cold weather months has been useful. If you have any further questions on how to avoid bursting pipes, be sure to give a shout out to one of our team members. With December now here, we send along wishes for a safe and Happy holiday season to all our valued clients!