Winter will be here before you know it. If you've recently had a plumbing contractor replace the pipes in your home, you want to make sure they survive the cold weather. After all, even brand-new pipes can freeze during the winter. If they do, you're going to be looking at water damage, and the replacement of your brand new water pipes. Here are four simple steps you can take to protect your pipes this winter.
1. Go Heavy on the Insulation
When it comes to insulation, many people think it's just designed to make your home more energy efficient. While insulation is designed to do that, it's not the only thing insulation is good for. Insulation is also good at protecting your pipes and prevent winter ruptures. You can use spray foam insulation to protect the short expanses of exposed pipes in your attic and crawlspace. You can use batt insulation to protect the long lengths of pipes that run along the floors and walls in your attic. You can also wrap batt insulation around the pipes under your sinks and secure it with duct tape. All those tips will help prevent ruptures this winter.
2. Close the Vents to the Crawlspace
If you've got a crawlspace, you've probably also got vents that open to the outside. During the summer and spring, those vents allow the air to circulate through the crawlspace, which can help prevent heat from radiating up through the floor. However, during the winter, those vents allow cold air to flow into the crawlspace, which prevents the heat inside your home from radiating down through the floors. To allow the warmth inside your home to radiate through the floors and protect your pipes, be sure to shut the exterior vents in the crawlspace.
3. Get the Warm Air Circulating
If you make a habit of turning your heater way down during those long winter nights, you may be saving energy, but you're putting your pipes at risk for rupture. Allowing the heat to circulate through your home during the night, and while you're away during the day, will help keep your pipes warm, which will prevent your pipes from rupturing.
4. Keep the Pressure Out of the Pipes
When it gets good and cold outside, the water inside your pipes will begin to freeze. It's the pressure that builds up behind the frozen water that causes your pipes to burst. To reduce the amount of pressure that builds up in your pipes, let your faucets drip just a bit during the night. Those few precious drops of water moving through your pipes will help reduce the pressure, as well as the risk of rupture.
For more information, contact your local plumbing contractors.Share
30 July 2018
Hi everyone, my name is Linda Strickerts. I am going to talk about plumbing pipes problems, repairs and upgrades on this site. Although the pipes hide beneath the floors and behind the walls, they are an integral part of the home. Without plumbing pipes, we would still be heading out to the outhouse to do our business. Washing clothes, dishes and ourselves would also not be possible without carrying buckets of water in and out of the home. I hope to explore the different ways plumbing pipes changed our lives for the better. I will talk about keeping the pipes in great shape as well. Thanks.