1. Eliminate Plumbing Leaks
It's never a good idea to ignore leaks during the winter. Regardless of the season, leaks increase water waste and utility costs, so the sooner you fix them, the better. The water will expand if the leaky location freezes throughout the winter. This expands the leak's magnitude and raises the cost of the necessary repairs.
2. Keep the Faucet Dripping
If a low-temperature prediction is present, turn on faucets with pipes that run along an outside wall for a gentle drip before going to bed. This prevents the water from freezing by keeping it moving. In the event that the water does freeze, it also guards against pipe bursts by preventing pressure from building up between both the faucet and an ice formation.
3. Open Cupboards
Open any cupboards, such as those under your sinks, that conceal your pipes. More heat can now reach them, preventing the risk of freezing. For cupboards and pipes along outside walls, this is especially useful.
4. Integrate Pipe Insulation
In the basement, along external walls, and outside of your house, add pipe insulation to any exposed pipes. To further insulate pipes from freezing, wrap them in fiberglass or polyethylene insulation tubes. Pipe insulation is required for all pipes in unheated parts of your home.
5. Disconnect All Outdoor Pipes
By loosening the hose and closing the valve connecting to the outside water spigot, you can disconnect outdoor pipes. This stops water from flowing to exterior lines, where it may freeze more easily. Additionally, it removes the possibility of the faucet being harmed by water that is still in the hose. The hose should be kept indoors for the duration of the winter to prevent damage.
6. Affix A Seal To Your Crawl Space
In the winter, a ventilated crawl space is frequently an issue. Using thick cardboard and duct tape, block the vents in the crawl space. Any pipes that pass through the crawl space will be safeguarded in this way. Seal the entrance to the crawl space as well to stop cold air from getting in. Inspect the windows in your basement, if you have one, to make sure they aren't letting chilly air in.
7. Empty The Water Heater
Hard water over time leads to sediment accumulation in the water heater. Rust is produced by this sediment and may wind up in food or beverages. Drain the water heater to get rid of any sediment while you get the house ready for winter. Before it gets too much colder, think about buying a new water heater if you see that the water coming out is corroded. When the colder months arrive, you need to be certain that your hot water is dependable.
Although it isn't difficult, getting your house and plumbing systems ready for winter does require some care. Consider working with the experts at Order a Plumber to ensure that everything goes according to plan. We've been providing service on Long Island for over ten years, and we've received excellent reviews from a lot of happy clients. Request a schedule right away by calling 631-234-0687.