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Three Simple Tips To Prepare Your Pipes for the Winter

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It is that time of year again when the weather starts to get cold and leaves start to wither. Winter is coming! That line must be very familiar to you, especially if you are an avid fan of the series Game of Thrones. In the series, the Starks are preparing for the coldest winter ever in the land of Winterfell.  Every clan in Winterfell knows what comes with winter. And thus, they prepare months ahead for whatever comes with the coldest season head on. As they say, it is fatal to go to war without the will to win it. This means that you should also get prepared for what worse may come during winter. This applies to your home and everything in it. Be like the Starks and be prepared. In this post, you will learn three simple things to protect your plumbing from the cold weather and shy away from unforeseen damage and money loss this winter.

Periodic Inspection for Leaks. Prevention is better than cure! It is a must that you periodically inspect your pipes for leaks, not just in the winter season but all the seasons. A leaking pipe will surely cost you hundreds of dollars. Thus, preventing it will save you the trouble of replacing it or hiring the professionals, which will surely cost you even more. What you can do to check for leaks is to use dry paper. If the paper gets wet, then you would know that there is leak in the pipe. To avoid the leak from progressing, you can cover the area with a sealant. And to prevent the pipe from freezing over the winter, you can use a heat tape to insulate the pipe.

Insulation. Insulating your plumbing may not totally keep your pipes from freezing, but it will help slow it down. Thus, using heat tapes, insulation sheets, or insulation foams is a must. Installing insulation does not only apply your exterior plumbing, but also to your interior plumbing. Pipes installed in your attic, basement or crawlspace also need insulation. Installing insulation may need some plumbing knowledge to have it done properly. Thus, plumbing know how comes in handy. If you don’t know how to do it, there are a lot of tutorials online that you can follow. However, if you are not that comfortable doing it yourself, you can always hire expert hands to have your plumbing winter-proof. Consulting the professionals will also give you an idea of what type of insulation material can be used in mildly cold winter or very cold winter

Drain Your Plumbing of Water. It is a must that you drain your plumbing, especially the ones outside your house, of water. Keeping water inside your plumbing will attract freezing. You have to remember that your goal in this season is to keep your plumbing from freezing and bursting. Thus, draining your pipes and plumbing of water is a must. Also, remember to remove hoses from spigots. Hoses also retain water after being used. Keep your hoses in your house or in your tool shed. Doing so would assure you that it is safe from freezing.

There are other things that you can do to better prepare your plumbing for the winter. However, the three simple tips mentioned above are the most basic things that you can do to start the ball rolling.

Winter Tips For Protecting Your Plumbing

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The winter season can be rough on your plumbing, so here are some tips that might help:

1. Water Faucets Located Outdoors. First get the hose disconnected, and then shut off the shut-off valve inside to the faucet. Drain out all the water in the pipe to the faucet by opening up the faucet, then leave the faucet “open” for the rest of the winter. Just be sure that the level of the house pitches away from the house, or all the water will just drain back into the pipe. This keeps the pipes from freezing and bursting.

2. Tune Up Your Water Heater. During the winter, more water heaters fail than at any other time of the year. The reason is that the water that comes into the water heater is much colder than normal, requiring the water heater to work harder. Make the time for the tune up for your water heater in the fall, before it really gets cold.

3. Make Sure The Outside Pipes Don’t Freeze. Most of the situations that cause freezing pipes are avoidable. Just take a look around the areas where there are any exposed pipes, and you will see immediately if any areas need to be looked into. If there are pipes, for example, under exposed floor boards, put some insulation between the joists and cover up the pipes. You can even wrap the pipes with a heated coil to keep the water in them from freezing. You can even open the faucets and let the water drip out. It is much more difficult for water to freeze if it is moving.

4. Dealing With The Sump Pump Discharge. Your sump pump is a very hardy piece of equipment, and it will run even when the ground is frozen or the pump is covered with snow. Keep an eye on this because if the pump does freeze and will not discharge the water that it is supposed to, you could end up with a flooded basement. If there is a long discharge hose attached to the pump, you should replace it, if possible with a shorter hose that is less likely to freeze. If you sump pump is on a ground level that is pitched back toward the house in any way, it can also lead to freezing as the water backs up. One of the most difficult issues to deal with is a sump pump running too long, and then burning out, causing a flooded basement.