Winter can be tough on your home’s pipes. If they freeze, it can cost a lot to fix them and could even cause water damage. But don’t worry! We have some easy ways to keep your plumbing pipes warm and working during the cold months.
Insulate Your Pipes
Wrap your pipes like a present with special insulation. This keeps them warm and safe from the cold. You can use foam sleeves or even old newspapers and rags. Do this for pipes in the basement, attic, and under the house.
Close the Cracks and Leaks
Look around your house for holes and gaps where cold air sneaks in. Use caulk (like glue) or weather stripping (like a seal) to close these gaps. Focus on places like doors, windows, and cracks in the walls. Call an expert plumber to repair the pipes.
Let Your Faucets Drip a Little
Let the faucets in your house drip on super cold nights. This helps the pipes relax and not get too stressed. Pay extra attention to the faucets near the outside of your house.
Open the Cabinets Door
Open the cabinets below for sinks near the outside walls, like the kitchen sink. This lets the warm air inside the house hug the pipes. But remember to take away any dangerous stuff if you have kids or pets.
Keep Your Home Warm
Don’t let your house get too cold. Set your thermostat (the temperature controller) to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit, even when you’re not home. It might cost more heating, but it is much cheaper than fixing pipes.
Drain Exterior Faucets and Hoses
Before winter comes, say goodbye to your garden hoses. Take them off and let the water drain out. Close the valve for the outside faucets, then open the faucet to let any leftover water go. This keeps the faucet and pipes safe from freezing.
Use Special Cables For Your Pipes
If you live in a place with freezing winters, consider getting heating cables for your pipes. These cables go around your pipes, and give them a warm hug. Follow the instructions carefully when you put them on.
Get Ready For Vacation
If you’re going away during winter, be extra careful. Keep your thermostat at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit, and sometimes ask a friend or neighbor to check on your house. This helps avoid problems if it suddenly gets freezing.
Know How to Turn Off the Water
It’s important to know where the main water shut-off valve is in your house. If a pipe freezes or bursts, you can turn off the water to stop more damage. Make sure the valve works, and you know how to use it. This can save you from big floods.
Following these easy steps, you can keep your pipes unfreeze and your home cozy during the winter.