Winter is finally here, and your plumbing system could be at risk. Winter weather and freezing cold temperatures could be hard on your home’s plumbing system. There are a few simple steps that you can take to protect it properly. As you prepare for the long and cold season ahead, protect your home from burst and frozen pipes with the following helpful tips. Read on to learn more!
Fix Your Plumbing Leaks
Leaving leaks during the winter is never a good idea. Leaks, no matter the time of year, add to wasted water and utility expenses, so the sooner you address all of them, the better. Should the leaky area freeze up in the winter, the water will then expand. This will increase the size of the leak and the amount of money you spend to fix it up.
Keep a Dripping Faucet
If you leave leaks alone during the winter, you might regret it. Leaks, no matter the season, add to wasted water or utility expenses, so the quicker you address them, the better. Should the leaky area freeze up in the winter, the water will then expand. This increases the size of your leak and the amount of money you have to spend to repair it.
Open Your Cabinets
Open your cabinets that hide your pipes, like the cabinets underneath your sinks. This will allow for more heat to flow to them, which will prevent freezing. This is very helpful for cabinets and pipes that are along your exterior walls.
Add Some Pipe Insulation
Add pipe insulation on any exposed pipes inside your basement, along any exterior walls, and outside your house. Wrap pipes in insulation tubes made from fiberglass or polyethylene to add a layer of protection against the freezing cold. All unheated spots of your home that have pipes need pipe insulation on your pipes.
Disconnect Outdoor Piping
Disconnect outdoor piping by loosening the hose and then turning off the valve leading to the outdoor water spigot. This will prevent water from running to exterior lines, where it is much more liable to freezing. It also will eliminate the risk of water remaining inside the hose from damaging the faucet. Store your hoses indoors so they don’t suffer from damage during the cold winter months.
A RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL PLUMBING COMPANY YOU CAN TRUST
Alpha Plumbing is a full-service plumbing and contracting company serving the Baltimore and Annapolis metro area with expertise in all aspects of plumbing. We’re family-owned and operated since 1991 from our office in Pasadena. We offer quality plumbing services at reasonable rates in a timely fashion. Our trucks are equipped with GPS systems to ensure we’re prompt and on time. No job is too large or too small! We maintain a fleet of well-stocked trucks and also own and operate our own backhoes for jobs requiring excavation.
For more information and to get a free no-obligation estimate, you can contact us on our website, send us an e-mail, or give us a call at (410) 255-5998.