When it comes to freezing temperatures, there are a lot of things that you have to think about. For one thing, you have to worry about your plumbing. When the temperatures drop below freezing, the water that is inside of your pipes can freeze up and can cause your pipes to burst. This can result in a very expensive problem, so it's best to prevent it from happening in the first place. These are four ways that you can prevent your pipes from leaking this winter.
1. Keep Your Home Temperatures Above Freezing
First and foremost, you should make sure that the temperatures inside of your home are kept above freezing. Some people use small heaters to heat only part of their homes, but this can cause problems with the pipes in other areas of the house. Others leave their heaters off when they are visiting family for the holidays or are otherwise on vacation, but this can put your pipes at risk too. You don't have to keep the entire house toasty and warm, but you should at least keep the temperatures throughout your home above freezing.
2. Wrap Your Pipes
Even if you keep your home temperatures nice and cozy, you still have to worry about the pipes underneath your house. Purchase an insulated cover for your pipes from a home improvement store, or ask a plumber to come out and wrap your pipes before the winter temperatures hit.
3. Leave a Little Drip
On particularly cold nights, it's a good idea to leave all of your faucets running with a tiny drip. Then, since the water is moving, you don't have to worry as much about it freezing
4. Turn Your Water Off
If you are going to be away from home for a while -- or if you have a rental property or vacation property in which no one is living -- you can always turn the water off to your home with the outside switch. Since there won't be any water in the pipes, you don't have to worry about them freezing.
If your pipes do end up freezing up this winter, you will need to call a plumber from a company like Midwestern Plumbing Service immediately to come and fix the issue. However, if you follow a few simple tips, you shouldn't have this problem to worry about. Then, you can enjoy freeze-free pipes all winter long without any major issues.Share
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