When temperatures drop during the winter, the pipes in your home are susceptible to freezing which can cause them to leak or burst. Winterizing the plumbing in your house is recommended when you plan to be away from home for some time, as pipes are more prone to freezing when no water is running through them. By letting the experts at All County Plumbing LLC properly treat your plumbing with our winterization techniques, you can rest assured you won’t return home to extensive damage.
Home Winterization Techniques
To winterize your home, our experienced plumbers will perform a series of services that are proven to prevent your plumbing pipes from freezing over. These services include but aren’t limited to:
- Blocking air vents that lead to the outside.
- Installing hose bib covers for better insulation, and deactivating bibs at the shutoff valve.
- Insulating pipes with insulation sleeves.
- Closing off foundation or exterior vents, and inspecting the exterior for visible cracks to be sealed
- Shutting off the water at the main valve
- Draining your water heater and interior pipes when deemed necessary
Signs Your Pipes Have Frozen
Frozen pipes can ultimately result in cracked pipes, or worse, burst pipes. If your pipes fall victim to freezing temperatures, it is crucial to contact a plumber. Our plumbing contractors at All County Plumbing LLC will replace cracked pipes to quickly and effectively resolve the issue.
Three major signs your pipes are frozen include:
- Faucets or hose bibs/spigots stop working
- Frost development around pipes and spigots
- Water is leaking from pipes
- Water is turned off but you hear rushing water anyway, signaling a possible leak
DIY Ways to Winterize Your Home
Although we recommend calling us to help winterize your home, especially when it comes to insulation services, there are a few things you can do to further protect your pipes against freezing temperatures.
- Let faucets drip. If you’re expecting temperatures to severely drop overnight, letting your faucet drip to help eliminate some of the pressure that builds up in pipes when threatened by freezing temperatures.
- Open up the cabinets. Simply by opening the cabinets below any sinks in your home, especially those along exterior walls, you are allowing more heat to reach the pipes inside.
- Fix exterior cracks. Use spray foam insulation or caulking to seal cracks or holes along the foundation of your home. This helps prevent cold air from coming into contact with your water pipes during cold weather.
- Adjust your thermostat. Set your thermostat at the lowest temperature that will keep your pipes from freezing (typically 50 to 55 degrees).
Professional Help for Winterizing Your Plumbing
At All County Plumbing LLC, we know it can be stressful to think about the consequences of frozen pipes and provide our customers with a thorough service to better prepare their home for winter. We have years of experience in the Vancouver WA area that make us your local experts in winterizing your plumbing pipes. Call us today to schedule an appointment!
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