Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.
Many homeowners do not pay much attention to their plumbing until there is a problem that needs to be fixed. With water being so essential to your daily life, you need your plumbing operational at all times for things like cooking and cleaning. By following these tips, you can avoid a potential plumbing problem in your home.
Insulate Your Pipes
With temperatures frequently falling below zero degrees these past few winters, keeping your pipes insulated is more important than ever. If the pipes in your home freeze, it could cause a pipe to burst, which will require extensive repair and clean up.
Wrap your exposed pipes with foam pipe wrap to help them stay warm when the temperatures are frigid. You should also let your faucets drip slightly when temperatures are below freezing. A dripping faucet will cause movement in your water lines, and prevent a pipe burst from happening.
Clean Drains Using Baking Soda
If you have a sink or tub that clogs frequently, you can take preventative measures to keep the drain clear by regularly using baking soda and vinegar. Simply pour a cup of vinegar and baking soda directly into the drain, and it will clear up grime and scum that has built-up since the last time you cleaned it. Not taking preventative measures could cause a clog that requires a plumber to fix it.
Prepare Your Pipes For The Winter
Before the first freeze of the year, you will want to prepare your outdoor faucets. If a hose remains connected to a faucet, the water in the connection could freeze and cause the faucet to break. Disconnect hoses and store them some place warm.
Your outdoor faucet may have been installed incorrectly as well. The faucet should turn off the water deep in the pipe, forcing the water behind your home's brick inside the house. If the proper faucet was not installed, there could be water stuck in a pipe outside the home. This runs the risk of it bursting. Turn off the water at the shut off located inside your house, and relieve the water and pressure from the faucet on the outside.
Prepare For Extended Vacations Away From Home
If you're leaving your home for a long time, you should shut the water off at the main water shut-off valve. This will prevent damage from occurring due to a leaking pipe that you might not catch until you return. You should also leave your thermostat set at no lower than 55 degrees to keep pipes from getting cold.
Following these tips will help prevent a potential plumbing problem. Talk to a professional like A Gareleck & Sons Inc for more information.