Well, winter has arrived, which means that the frigid temperatures will be here each and every day. Frozen pipes can prove to be a very difficult and costly scenario for homeowners which is why it is so important to take steps to avoid them. The extremely cold winter temperatures can cause water that has accumulated in your plumbing pipes to freeze and expand. When water expands cracks and other tears can then form in the walls of the pipes. After a period of time, the water will thaw and can pose a threat of water damage to your living space.
Here at Steve Mull Plumbing, our team of dedicated professionals wants our clients to understand how they can prevent frozen pipes from occurring. We are steadfast in our simple mission statement we uphold to provide the utmost satisfaction to all our clients with our superior plumbing products and services we offer and important insight needed.
Steps You Can Take to Avoid Frozen Pipes
The winter time can definitely be challenging to a plumbing system which is why we want to share some simple but useful steps homeowners can take to avoid frozen pipes.
- Insulation – One surefire way of protecting your home’s plumbing system and pipes from even the coldest of winter temperatures is by installing additional insulation. Insulation added to pipes that are cracked, damaged or exposed can be a life saver for your home and family. There are a number of common areas in the home where pipes can be exposed including closets, underneath sinks and crawl spaces. If you notice any exposed pipes, then be sure to reach out to our team to install needed insulation and provide you with more comfort and confidence during the winter months.
- Shut off the water and store the hoses – After using the outdoor hoses all spring, summer and fall, there is surely apt to be water that remains inside the hose lines. It is important that you drain the water from the hoses and store them away. Otherwise, if water remains in the hoses, it will freeze and can make its way into the spigot which can then result in leaks inside the walls of your home. To avoid these unnecessary plumbing issues, be sure to turn the outside water off, drain the water from the hoses and store them away until spring.
- Keep the thermostat set and the heat on – Although the high cost of living forces many of us to focus on saving money and conserving energy, we want to advise our customers that regardless of these concerns, you should never turn the heat off in your home when you are travelling. When you turn the furnace off, you increase the chances of your pipes freezing with the frigid winter temperatures. If the pipes freeze while you are away, they may ultimately burst. So please be sure to keep the thermostat in your home set at 50 degrees when travelling to safeguard your home while you are away.
Here at Steve Mull Plumbing we want all our clients to be aware of how dangerous the winter months can be for your plumbing system. Frozen pipes definitely cause damage and issues that will result in costly repairs. If you find yourself faced with these issues, don’t delay in contacting our team of experts. Our team of licensed and certified plumbers is committed to keeping the homes of our clients safe and protected. When you choose our team, you are putting your trust into the hands of some of the absolute best in the plumbing industry.
For more information on how to avoid frozen pipes and protect your home’s plumbing system this winter, be sure to contact one of our team members today. For all your plumbing needs, whether winter, spring, summer or fall, choose the pros here at Steve Mull Plumbing. We look forward to serving you and, with the holidays now upon us, send along wishes from our family to yours for a safe and happy holiday season!