If you just purchased your first home, you will soon find out the amount of work it takes to maintain the components it is made from to help keep it from unfortunate damage requiring plumbing repair. Your home's piping system is one area that needs a bit of extra care when winter weather settles in. Use the following tips to help keep your pipes from bursting due to excessively cold temperatures after summer and fall pass.
Take Time To Insulate
Pipes that are exposed to cold temperatures are most at risk for bursting incidents. This would include your crawl space and basement pipes. It is important to take the time to provide a layer of insulation to the exteriors of pipes in cool areas of your home to help keep the water flowing inside of them instead of freezing. Insulation can be purchased from a hardware or home goods store. It comes in the form of sleeves to be slid over pipes, or tape to be wrapped around them.
Tend To Outdoor Piping
Any pipes you have leading to outdoor spigots should be drained before winter arrives. Turn off the water supply to these pipes and turn on the faucets outdoors so any water inside the stretch of pipe will have time to drain in their entirety. Since the water will no longer be present within the pipes during the winter months, they will no longer be at risk for bursting.
Increase Airflow To Target Areas
The pipes underneath sinks in your home could become subject to bursting as well. It is important to open any cabinets containing these pipes during times when temperatures are expected to fall below freezing. This will allow heat from inside your home to warm the pipes from the outside, helping to keep the water inside from turning into ice as a result. Placing a heating unit near pipes at risk of freezing will also be helpful in stopping a burst from occurring.
Allow Water To Trickle
When you expect a cold snap, be sure to turn faucets to sinks or tubs on so a slow drip or trickle of water is present at all times. Do this with the cold water faucet so you do not drain your hot water tank in the process. Allowing faucets to drip during extremely cold temperatures will help keep water flowing inside of the pipes. It will give you a reduced chance in freezing, helping to keep your pipes intact.