During winter, temperature drops can cause pipes to freeze and burst. Winterizing prepares household plumbing for these freezing temperatures. As water freezes, it expands and becomes ice. This produces pressure within the pipes that could cause damage.
1. Shut off the Main Water Valve
Shutoff valves are located near the main water meter in a home. Shutting off the main water valve is typically done if you are temporarily vacating the home and relocating to a warmer climate for the winter.
2. Drain Your Pipes
If you are leaving your home for an extended period of time during winter, open all taps and drain valves. They should remain open until the house is once again occupied. Blow excess water from the taps using an air compressor. A closed tap could retain water by creating a vacuum.
3. Empty Your Water Heater
Before you leave home for the winter season, open your water heater’s drain valve and let it discharge till it’s empty. Some hot water tanks do not have floor drains, so you’ll need to use a hose.
4. Insulate Your Pipes
Insulation helps prevent water pipes from freezing. Foam pipe insulation sleeves can be slipped over pipes without disconnecting them. Insulate exposed pipes in attics, crawl spaces, basements and garages.
5. Seal Your Windows and Doors
To keep the cold air out and away from the pipes, seal any gaps around windows and doors with weather stripping.
6. Check Your Heating System
Check your heating system before leaving for winter. Thermostats can be set to maintain a certain temperature or even between two different temperatures. Keep it warm enough to protect the pipes.
Winterizing your home’s plumbing is important for keeping your energy bills low and preventing pipes from bursting. We offer plumbing, boiler, water heater and thermostat services. Contact Fix-A-Leak in Hauppauge today for more information.