Winterize Your Home Plumbing And Pipes: 5 Tips To Consider!
Prepare your home from frigid temperature before winter arrives! During winters or especially in cold areas, when the temperature falls, home plumbings and pipes freezes. This frozen pipes can cause leaks and brakes in the home.
But why this happens?
When the temperature drops, water freezes and start becoming ice. This expansion produces pressure in between the pipes, enabling cracks and breaks in it. Nevertheless, making plumbing pipes, winter-ready can help!
To start with, make a checklist of every detail related to plumbings and include all house pipes with their valves, tape, washers, etc. Also, ensure that you double-check every detail to make your home safe and sound during winters.
The process is strongly recommended if the house has been vacant for long and there’s no water running through the pipes.
Here are few tips to winterize your plumbing and pipes:
Ensure insulation of your pipes and crawl spaces, as proper insulation on pipes will not only prevent them from freezing in winter but will also help in keeping the water warm in pipes. It will also and save energy and will reduce home bills. Cover or insulate crawl spaces with a tap or some insulation material for winterizing your home’s pipes.
Shut Off The Water Valve And Drain Water Lines
Drain the water supply! Find the main water valve that controls water-flow of your home and shut it off. If the valve is a leak, then it is better to call the plumber for this. Once the water is shut off, drain the water pipeline by opening all faucets, flushing the toilets until wholly emptied and opening all taps of the house. Now dilute the water in drains by pouring RV in them.
Drain Water Out Of The Water Heater
If you have an electric water heater, turn off the power supply. But if you have a gas water heater, turn the thermostat off. Drain the whole water out of the heater and stop the supply of cold water to the heater by stopping the inlet valve of it.
Fix Cracks In The Exterior Of Your House Walls
Another way to protect your home pipes from freezing is to fixing exterior cracks on house walls. Fix the cracks by using building material, cement filling, PVC sheets, etc. It will prevent cold air to enter inside the house. With setting the cracks also maintain a heating source inside your home.
Open Sink Based Cabinet Doors
This is something quick and easy to do, open the cabinet doors below any sink in your home. By doing so, more heat will enter into the pipes which will prevent them from freezing.
By winterization, you can decrease the energy consumption during winter and can save some money. It also helps you in protecting other plumbing related issues such as protecting your property, providing good health by reducing or eliminating fungi growth.
Winterizing contains the whole process from shutting off the water supply to blow air in pipes and more. So make your home winter-ready with above steps and enjoy water-flow with ease!