Well, the warm, fun-filled summer months have come to a close, and the cooler fall months and bitter winter months are now beginning to make their presence known. With that said, the team here at Steve Mull Plumbing wants to help our valued clients to understand the steps they can take to winterize home plumbing before the bitter cold temperatures are here.
PREPPING FOR THE COLD WEATHER TEMPERATURES
Fall and winter do bring with them the joy and happiness of the holiday seasons. Many families enjoy cozy nights by a crackling fireplace sharing conversations and laughs. But the cold months can also bring with them the risk of frozen plumbing pipes as well. However, taking appropriate steps to winterize home plumbing can certainly help to avoid any costly, major plumbing problems during the upcoming seasons.
Now that summer has ended, it is best you try to begin your home winterization protocol early on. Start by inspecting any exposed pipes you may have noticed on the exterior of your home or those located in the unheated sections of your home, such as your storage shed or garage. Take some old newspaper or even a heavy-duty plastic wrap and wrap it around the exposed pipes in your efforts to provide additional insulation to the pipes. If you want to be a bit more efficient you can even purchase a specialized foam that is specifically designed to insulate exposed pipes, especially during the cold weather months. You can typically find this special foam at any hardware store.
The next important step you want to take to winterize your home is to remove any garden hoses you have outdoors and store them for the season and then wrap your outside faucets. You may also want to cover any vents near to the foundation of your home.
DURING THE MIDST OF THE BITTER COLD MONTHS
If the forecast calls for some freezing temperatures that are going to linger for several hours, it is a good practice to allow your faucets to drip a tiny bit to prevent freezing. Our team of experts suggests you allow for about five drops to drip per minute, which will help to spare you any costly plumbing issues.
In addition, when the bitter cold weather is expected you can open any cabinet doors that are located beneath the sinks in your home that align with the walls outside. This will allow some of the warmth in your home to actually surround the pipes and keep them from freezing. You should also shut off the water supply that flows to your washing machine if it is located in an unheated area of your home. Further, if you are heading out of town for work or even an extended vacation during the cold weather months be sure to turn your water off while you are away. Finally, if you are going to be away from home for an extended period of time set your furnace to a practical temperature and allow the heat to run during your absence to avoid coming home to frozen or burst pipes.
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Here at Steve Mull Plumbing we take tremendous pride in providing all our valued clients with the highest quality residential or commercial plumbing products and services. Our team of experts is steadfast in their commitment to deliver only the best all round plumbing services in timelines that are accommodating to our clients and at prices that are truly affordable. For more information on how to winterize home plumbing or to schedule any plumbing repair services, look to the professionals here at Steve Mull Plumbing. With our premier products and services, we have come to be known as your go to company for all your plumbing needs here in Lebanon. Summer has surely come to an end and winter is right around the corner, so be sure to take steps to protect your home plumbing system today! For all your plumbing needs, reach out to the friendly professionals at Steve Mull Plumbing.