THE TOP TEN Winter Plumbing Tips
The sub-freezing temperatures of winter can be rough on a plumbing system. The temperature does not have to be below 32 degrees for long time before pipes begin to freeze. And when pipes freeze and burst it can cost a lot of money to repair and the water damage caused by such an incident can easily run into the thousands. A pipe that has only an eighth of an inch long crack can leak over 200 gallons of water in just one day. That’s a lot of water that can cause major damage to the property. The best protection against these types of damages is to properly winterize your home long before winter begins. A little bit of prevention can go a long ways against incurring these extra costs; not to mention the frustrations that must be dealt with during these life-disrupting happenings. Here are the top ten winter plumbing tips to help save any homeowner money, time and frustration. For more information about plumbing please visit, http://netlz.corank.com/tech/story/winter-Plumbing-Tips
The sub-freezing temperatures of winter can be rough on a plumbing system. The temperature does not have to be below 32 degrees for long time before pipes be... more
Unhook outdoor water hoses in the winter to prevent the water supply from freezing and causing flooding or water damage.
Turn the outdoor faucets off inside and outside the house.
Thoroughly insulate pipes that run along exterior walls or are under bathroom and kitchen cabinets.
Insulate pipes that are in areas that are unheated like the attic, crawlspaces or basement.
If you are going to be gone for any length of time during the winter months, leave the heat set at no lower than 60 degrees.
If the electricity, or your heat, is off for a long period of time turn off the main water valve and open all the faucets.
Keep cabinet doors under sinks open to help circulate some warmer air in the area.
Make sure to run water through every valve in the house during the winter months to help prevent freezing.
When the temperature drops down leave indoor faucets dripping to prevent pipes from freezing.
Insulate outdoor plumbing fixtures or use lamps to keep them warm. (Make sure it is at a safe distance)
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