Winter Will Soon Be Here: 4 Ways To Protect Your Pipes
Summer might be here now, but winter will be here before you know it. When it does, your pipes are going to be in danger of freezing, especially if you don't take preventative measures before the temperatures dip. Don't take chances with frozen pipes, and flooding in your home. Instead, use the methods described here to prevent your pipes from freezing, and rupturing this winter.
Keep Your Pipes Warm
When it comes to protecting your pipes from winter freezing, the best thing you can do is wrap them up. It doesn't take much to give your pipes a protective covering that will keep the cold out. Most home improvement stores sell foam sleeves that you can wrap around your pipes. However, you can also use your leftover foam swim noodles from the summer. Simple cut them to the length that you need, and then use a knife to create a slice from end-to-end. Wrap the foam around the pipe and then secure it with duct tape. Do this to all of your exposed water pipes, especially your kitchen pipes, which are usually facing an exterior wall. Those pipes are more susceptible to freezing.
Insulate Your Crawlspace
If you've got a crawlspace under your home, you need to make sure it's properly insulated before winter arrives. Your crawlspaces are exposed to the freezing temperatures all winter long, which means the pipes under your home are exposed, as well. Insulating your crawlspace will protect your water pipes, and help prevent cold air from radiating up through the floor boards. Wrap the pipes in your crawlspace the same way you did the ones inside your home. It's also a good idea to use foam spray insulation to seal the spaces around the pipes. There's usually a space around the pipes where they enter your home. Spray foam insulation will seal those spaces, and help keep the cold air out of your home.
Open the Cupboards
You might not realize this, but the simple act of opening your cupboards when it's cold will help prevent pipe freezing. That's because the warm air from your home is able to circulate around the pipes when the cupboards are open. You can also bring a space heater into the room to increase the amount of heat that's getting to your pipes. Once your cupboards are open, point the space heater in the direction of your water pipes, and turn the heater on to the lowest setting.
Leave Your Home Heated
If you're going to be heading out of town on vacation this winter, don't leave your pipes exposed to the elements. Turn your heater down to your normal overnight settings, and leave it on while you're gone. The heat circulating from the heater will help protect your pipes while you're gone.
Winter will soon be here. Use the methods described here to protect your pipes from freezing. Contact a plumber, like Power Pro Plumbing, for more help.