Winter Plumbing Checklist

frozen tapAs winter approaches, home owners have to start preparing for the harsh weather and its effects on the plumbing on your property.

The low temperatures experienced during winter cause frozen pipes and flooding, in extreme cases, as these frozen pipes can burst.

To avoid the damage associated with frozen water pipes, and the resulting repair cost, it is recommended that you take the time to create a winter checklist, using the tips below as a guide to what you should focus on.

Keep Water Moving

The risk of frozen water pipes increases when water stops moving. To prevent this, it is recommended that you develop a habit of intentionally leaving taps located indoors dripping.

Although this practice is bound to cause your water bill to increase, the benefits outweigh the cost. You get to avoid frozen water pipes; and therefore eliminate the risk a burst water pipe due to freezing.

Protect Water Pipes From The Cold Winter Air

Water pipes usually freeze as a result of contact with cold air. To prevent this, take the time to identify any exposed water pipes, including those below sinks, in the basement or attic, and wrap them up with insulation. This will effectively protect them from the cold winter air.

Insulation is readily available, and covering water pipes with it involves a straightforward process; making this a simple DIY project.

Get Rid Of Pockets Of Cold Air

The pipes running through your home’s walls are protected from the low winter temperatures by the wall insulation. It is however worth mentioning that the pipes running behind your homes cabinets tend to be highly susceptible to freezing.

Find out which cabinets have water pipes running through them, and make sure that their doors remain open throughout. This helps circulate warm indoor air around this area, warming up the pipes as a result.

Don’t Forget Outdoor Pipes And Plumbing Fixtures

The pipes and plumbing fixtures located outdoors are exposed to harsh winter weather, and as such, should be properly prepared to minimise the risk of damage. All fixtures and taps should be drained and left open.

Water hoses should also be drained and stored away. Sprinklers, pipes and their water supply pipes should be drained and blown empty, preferably using a compressor, to clear out any water. This will help ensure that they serve you for as long as possible.

Seal Cracks In Exterior Walls And Foundation

Water pipes that run through exterior walls as well as those running through the foundation are also highly susceptible to freezing. Take the time to inspect exterior walls and the foundation for any cracks that expose these pipes to the cold winter air. Take steps to insulate these pipes as they are at risk of freezing due to contact with the cold outdoor air.

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If you intend to be away from home throughout winter, you will not be able to carry out all the above steps; however, you can protect your home’s plumbing by shutting off water supply using the main gate valve.

Follow this up by opening all taps and allow them to completely drain the entire plumbing system.

With the above tips in mind, you will be able to compile and carryout a comprehensive winter plumbing checklist. If you don’t wish to do this yourself contact Assett Plumbing in Northampton and ask for their winter plumbing service check.