Pipes and plumbing can be particularly finicky during the colder months. It can be hard to remember what things you can and cannot do as the temperature drops. Here is a list of 6 things you need to remember as the months get colder and colder.
- Clear Gutters and Spouts: If your gutter or waterspout is dirty it may block water and cause it to freeze, and freezing water can cause damage as it expands into ice.
- Outdoor Faucets: Hoses and faucets should be disconnected to prevent water blockages in your pipes, and you may want to consider running the water through the faucet to make sure it is not freezing.
- Insulation: Things that are at risk of freezing and bursting, such as exposed pipes and faucets in cold places may need extra temperature help. Putting covers or heat tape can help prevent freezing and damage on these plumbing parts.
- Showers: Colder temperatures may mean less hot water. It is recommended that you allow time between each shower to give the water heater enough time to heat up more water.
- Leaks: Make sure to take care of leaks before the temperatures drop below freezing. A place where a leak is occurring may become significantly worse if it freezes over.
- Disconnect Water: If you intend on leaving your house alone for a few days or more, disconnect your water supply. If all your water sources are free of hoses and other things that may store water, then cutting off the water will ensure that pipes won’t freeze and burst.
While winter can be a difficult time for plumbing, it doesn’t have to be if preparation is thorough. Just follow these steps and prepare for winter to ensure no plumbing damage occurs in your home.