How to Winterize Your Home Plumbing

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It is very important to prepare your pipes and other plumbing for the winter season. There are some important things that are simple enough for all homeowners to do in order to winterize their plumbing.

Following these simple tips can help reduce extensive damage to your home.

  • Wrap your pipes- Pipe insulation is one of the easiest and most popular winterizing techniques these days. This method involves wrapping all pipes by using insulation layer. This layer can be used to reduce the heat transfer from inside or outside of any pipes. This insulation layer can also reduce the risks of getting any damages on the pipes. You can buy the pipe insulation at your local home supply store. This foam is found in a long tubular form with a perforation down the middle. By splitting the foam at the perforation you can slip the foam over the pipe easily. There are some simple procedures on how to install this layer on the pipes included in the package.
  • Close crawl space vents- be sure to stuff insulation over the openings after they are closed.
  • If you have plumbing next to a garage or unheated area, or next to an exterior wall, you need to be sure to open vanity doors to allow some heat to get into the pipes.
  • Leave water dripping- Running water will not freeze very easily so leaving a tiny trickle of water running in the lowest faucet and the highest faucet in your home can help keep your water from freezing.
  • Leave your heat turned to at least 55 degrees F- Even when you are going to be gone from home all day, don’t turn that thermostat too low. The money you save will be used up, plus some if you have busted pipes to repair.

Drain all the water from your pipes, and your toilet. You can put anti-freeze into the drains. DO NOT PUT IT IN ANY WATER THAT YOU WILL BE DRINKING.

There are some useful benefits of winterizing the plumbing system. Of course, if you live in an area where the temperatures remain below freezing for several days, you want to prevent your pipes from freezing and busting. But even if you don’t usually have temperatures that low, you can still benefit from winterizing. When winterizing techniques are done properly, they can be used to reduce the overall energy cost and utility bills. You should be able to reduce the pipes’ vulnerability significantly. Winterizing will minimize the risks of having any plumbing problems, such as damaged pipe, water damage, overflowing water, and many other problems.

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