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Don’t Forget to Winterize! Preparing a Plumbing System for Winter

December 20th, 2013 by gtowsley Leave a reply »
 

 

With the onset of winter already in full swing this winter is already off to a chilly start. Tomorrow marks the official start of winter, and we are inevitably heading into a cold one! As temperatures drop it is important to take extra precautions in safeguarding a home’s plumbing system, because lets face it frozen water and pipes don’t mix. Here are some tips to prepare a plumbing system for winter.

 

Insulation is the most effective way to prepare a plumbing system for winter. By insulating plumbing pipes that may be exposed to the elements, homeowners can reduce the likely hood of frozen pipes and reduce their energy costs over winter. Insulation is a lot more affordable then dealing with a plumbing disaster, such as a burst pipe in the living room!

 

When insulating pipes to prepare a plumbing system for winter it is a good idea to access the home for cracks. Check for cracks around the perimeter of the house. Cracks can allow for cold air to travel to other pipes that may need some insulation as well. Crawl spaces and attics should be checked. This will not only help keep plumbing systems safe from the cold, but also save energy in heating the home.

 

 

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Plumbing pipes aren’t the only thing that may need insulation when preparing a plumbing system for winter. Water heaters can also benefit from a little insulation. When it gets cold and pipes and the water heater are exposed to cold air it reduces their efficiency. As heat escapes from uninsulated pipes, the water heater in turn has to work harder to produce more hot water. So by adding a little insulation the plumbing system is protected from freeze and works more efficiently. Saving money from not having to make expensive repairs and saving money on utilities is a great reason to take the steps to prepare a plumbing system for winter.

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When a home isn’t occupied all year long this can create a problem for the plumbing system if not properly winterized. Say its a second home, an investment property, a home that is for sale, or a home that has been inherited, it needs to be properly winterized. To prepare a plumbing system for winter on a home that is vacant be sure to shut off the water at the main line and drain water from all pipes. Be sure to leave all faucets open and unplug all major appliances. Then proceed with insulating pipes.

 

Preparing a plumbing system for winter doesn’t have to be a huge task, and spending the money and taking the time or having it professionally done is well worth the investment in time and money. As a homeowner not only will you have peace of mind knowing your plumbing system is prepared for winter, but also you can cut back on your energy consumption. Frozen pipes is one plumbing disaster that can be avoided, so be sure to winterize this year!

 

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