With temperatures plunging below zero last night I had to stop for a second to think about all the outdoor chores I had done and whether or not I turned off the hose bibs and drained them. It’s a simple thing to do that will avoid a potential burst pipe, but it’s something that’s easily forgotten. I spoke with our plumbing team today and they put together this great list of things to do now that the cold weather is here.
- Water starts changing from a liquid to a solid at +4.11 C degrees (39.4 F degrees) so it does not have to be below freezing to cause damage.
- Turn your outside hose faucets off in the home at the isolation valves.
- Open the hose faucets outside to let the remaining water leak out and leave them open for the winter.
- Make sure all hoses are disconnected from the hose faucets as the remaining water will freeze and expand back into the home and can cause your pipes to burst.
- If you have irrigation systems (automatic sprinkler system) make sure the lines are blown out by an irrigation professional
- Frost free hose faucets should also be winterized the same as regular hose faucets.
- Make sure that piping in vulnerable spots such as garages and outside walls stay above freezing.
- Keep garage doors shut or insulate the piping in those areas from cold breezes.
- If you have a sump pump, it’s a good idea to check the working order because they work harder in the winter months with the snow run off.
- Make sure you know where your main valve is to isolate your home in case of a burst pipe and make sure it works. The Main valve in a home should be turned off and on every 6 months.
If you need plumbing repair service it is important to go with a reputable company. Direct Energy offers a variety of plumbing protection plans for low monthly costs that will cover you for most plumbing repairs.
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