Winter is upon us. The weather forecast calls for freezing temperatures with a chance of pipes bursting.
Freezing temperatures are the number one culprit of a pipe burst, but people don’t think about it until it’s too late, and they’re stuck in hot water (Or, in this case, cold water).
While freezing temps can cause pipe bursts, things like water pressure issues, corrosion and improper installation can cause pipes to leak and burst as well. To keep your pipes safe this winter (and all season long), here are some ways you can prevent pipe bursts:
Insulate your pipes
Insulating your pipes is a simple, inexpensive DIY project you can knock out over a weekend. Make sure to insulate pipes that may be exposed to the cold temperatures, like ones that are outside, in the attic or in your crawl space. Pipe insulation can be as cheap as 50 cents per foot, so it’s a low-cost preventative measure that’s worth the work.
Locate the emergency shut off valve
To prepare yourself for the chance that you do have a pipe burst, make sure you know where the emergency shut off valve is located. If a pipe bursts, the first thing you want to do is shut off the water. If you have one that’s not easily-accessible, Mr. Plumber can install one for you.
Keep your house warm if you leave
If you’re away for an extended period of time this winter, make sure you don’t lower the heat too much. If a cold snap hits, your pipes are at risk of freezing. You can also drain your water system by shutting off the valve and emptying the pipes by running water fixtures around your home. Without water in the pipes, there’s nothing that can freeze.
Don’t get yourself stuck in cold water this winter. Get your pipes inspected, a new shut off valve, or anything else to fit your plumbing needs. Schedule your next service call with Mr. Plumber today.