How to Avoid Burst Pipes in the Winter
When you notice the first chill in the air, it’s time to start thinking about your plumbing work and how to safeguard it for the winter months. Depending on the region that you live in, you may find that you are generally okay. However, if you live in an area where the temperatures regularly drop below freezing you may find yourself with a burst pipe due to it freezing when you least expect it to. In order to prevent a water leak caused by a burst pipe there are a few things that you can do to at least lower the risk.
The first thing you should do is focus on the pipes that are located outside your home. Make sure all hoses are disconnected and stored properly. By leaving hoses connected you can severely damage the faucets which in turn can lead to a severely damaged plumbing system. Whilst removing your hoses make sure to check your faucets for any leaks or other damage.
Once you have checked the pipes located outside your home, the next thing you need to do is check the pipes located inside your home in the unheated areas, for example in a workshop or garage. You need to wrap specifically designed foam padding around these pipes to keep them insulated. This can be purchased relatively inexpensively from home and hardware stores and is more highly recommended than duct tape and other materials.
Once winter begins, it’s a good idea to run hot water through all of your pipes even if you are not using them. This will help to prevent ice from building up which can lead the pipes to freeze. It is an especially good idea to do this with any pipes that are located outside the house as these are the ones that are more susceptible to the cold.
Finally, if you are in an area where extreme cold temperatures are experienced, you may want to place oil or space heaters close to cold pipes periodically in order to further prevent your pipes from freezing.
By following the tips above, you are doing everything in your power to prevent your pipes from bursting. Although it may take some time, prevention is always the best option.