Are your pipes ready for the cold?
Fall is definitely upon us, and winter won’t be far behind! It’s a good idea to start preparing your house for winter weather before it hits, and plumbing is no exception.
If you don’t want your pipes to freeze (which you definitely don’t, trust us!) here are two things you can do to prevent that from happening.
Tip 1: Insulate your pipes
Simply put, if you live in a cold area your pipes should be insulated.
There are many different options from cotton to insulation boards or polystyrene. Explosion said, “When you have insulated your pipes properly, you will see a difference in the way that your plumbing system functions. You can avoid pipe bursts, frozen pipes, and incidental damage in open spaces.”
If you’re not sure whether or not your pipes are insulated, it’s a good idea to call a professional and have them take a look.
Tip 2: Drip cold water
If the temperatures are getting really low, your pipes aren’t insulated, or you’re concerned about your pipes freezing for another reason, just turn the faucet on drip.
Consumer Reports said, “Let the cold water drip from a faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe—even at a trickle—helps prevent pipes from freezing.”
This is a really helpful trick if you’re ever in a pinch!
Overall, remember that preparing ahead of time is going to be a lot less of a headache than dealing with burst pipes! HeyBryan is here to help you find the professional home maintenance help you need.