Here are 8 tips for preventing a major plumbing disaster this winter.
Every time the temperature plummets, there’s one plumbing call we get without fail: frozen, burst water pipes. Often, you can’t tell the pipe has burst until the weather starts to thaw. The suddenly, you have a pool where it doesn’t belong, and no idea where it came from.
The good news is that with a little preparation and common sense, you can avoid the plumbing nightmare of frozen pipes.
Here are 8 plumbing tips to get you through the winter intact:
- Disconnect all outdoor gardening hoses and other attachment, and ensure the faucet is covered with some form of thermal insulator.
- Don’t let your interior home temp dip below 68 degrees.
- Open under-sink cabinets to ensure they get warm airflow.
- Allow a faucet to just slightly drip lukewarm water. This has the added of bonus of letting you know if and when a pipe freezes, since the water will stop dripping.
- Wrap pipes nearest your exterior walls (or in your crawl spaces) with pipe insulation or heating tape.
- Keep any windows near your pipes closed; wind drafts can increase the chance of freezing.
- Make sure your house is sealed up and weather-tight.
- Shut off your main water supply to your home if you plan on traveling.
Where Was this List Yesterday?
Maybe it’s too late. Your pipes have already frozen and burst. But you can take solace in the following two things:
- 1. You’re not alone. Thousands of people will suffer frozen pipes this winter, and there are experts nearby ready to help!
- 2. If you live near Statesville, North Carolina, the pros here at Griffin will get you all taken care of. 24/7 emergency service means we’ll be there to help you any day, any time.
So what are you waiting for? Put our 45 years of experience to good use. Contact us today and we’ll help you winterize your pipes, or repair the plumbing damage that’s already been done.