Spending a small amount of your quality time in the late summer or early fall winterizing, may be one of the most important things that you can do. It can keep you from spending your winter cringing at the thought of a disaster, each time it snows or rains and the temperature drops below freezing. Read on and learn about the risks of failing to winterize your home plumbing.
Major Oakville plumbing problems can be caused by freezing temperatures when pipes burst in the home, simply because a few simple precaution were not taken to prevent it from happening. Plumbers receive calls every year, and have to make costly repairs to people’s homes that could have been avoided if they had known to take a few preventative steps to protect there pipes from freezing temperatures.
Let us start out with the small stuff first and work our way up. The outdoor faucets are easy, but they are pretty important. The first thing you should do is to remove any hoses, put them away, and be sure that the faucets are completely shut off. Now you are ready to wrap the faucets in order to insulate them. You can use just about anything, a rag, cardboard, a piece of insulation, or you can get online and purchase a type of Styrofoam faucet cover.
Now we need to figure out where the water main is and know how to shut it off when we really need to. Your main water line normally runs underground about a foot to a foot and a half from the water meter by your sidewalk or street at the entrance to your home.
Knowing how to turn off your water meter when you need to can prevent your pipes from bursting in freezing temperatures. If there is no water running in your house, or your main pipes have burst, you will need to close the main shut off valve. Never open the water meter box at the curb! Opening this box could freeze the water that is flowing at the meter point.
Also in your yard, you have a irrigation system, that may have an exposed opening. You may have noticed it as an open hole in your yard. This is made up of a combination of metal, with plastic pipe, so during freezing temperatures, this must be kept covered. You can also drain these irrigation lines and close the water off to them to keep the pipes from breaking.
For inside you home, whenever they predict freezing weather, you can do a simple thing by opening cabinet doors in the kitchen and bath. This will allow more heat to get to the pipes. You will need to insulate any and all exposed pipe with an approved insulation product, like tape, etc.
Should you have the unthinkable happen, use an electric hairdryer or lamp to thaw out the pipes. Never use any kind of open flame or torch! Never use and insulation blanket on a gas water heater, they are to be used on electric water heaters only! They will cause a gas heater to burn out its heating element. This is serious!
Are you feeling confident that you can prepare your plumbing for freezing temperatures? It will just take a little time. Call a Guelph plumber should you have any major problems during the winter, but if you follow these steps, most problems can be avoided. Some of the products talked about can be found online if you need to purchase them. You are ready for winter because you took the time to learn about the risks of failing to winterize your home plumbing.
Wheather you live in Burlington, Oakville, or Guelph a good plumber is a person to know. Home plumbing can be quite costly to fix so don’t delay if you suspect you have a problem. Find a plumber in Burlington or your local area to inspect the problem.