When water freezes, it expands and puts a lot of pressure on pipes. There are certain things that you can do to prepare your pipes for the winter months to prevent them from freezing. Working with your plumbing company, such as Sessa’s Licensed Plumbing & Heating, you can insulate your pipes, program your thermostat, open cabinets under sinks, and prep the outdoor spigots.
Insulate Your Pipes
Even if your pipes don’t get damaged, you may have issues with flooding once the pipes defrost. You may be able to prevent this from happening by insulating your pipes. Do this with any pipes that are exposed to the cold weather. They could be along the outside walls, in your crawlspace, or in your attic. Use covers and wraps to insulate them properly.
Program Your Thermostat
Programming your thermostat can be a great way to lower your energy bills, but it can also be detrimental for your pipes. If your home gets too cold at night, the pipes can burst. If you choose to program your thermostat, don’t let the temperature get below 55 degrees Fahrenheit at night. Keeping your home this warm will help prevent the pipes from getting too cold.
Open Cabinets under Sinks
When your home is colder at night, it can be helpful to open cabinets under your sinks. This will allow the heat circulating through your home to warm the pipes. It can be a great way to prevent them from freezing.
Prep the Outdoor Spigots
If you don’t disconnect and drain your hoses, your pipes can get damaged on one cold night. Shut off the irrigation system by the end of October. Turn off the water and use compressed air to blow out the pipes.
Following these steps and having your plumber from Sessa’s Licensed Plumbing & Heating come to your home to check out your system can help prepare your pipes for the colder months of the year and protect your pipes from freezing over.