The weather has been crazy with El Niño creating variations in temperatures, especially in the winter. You may feel that you’ll have an easier time with your pipes this year. However, don’t take it for granted – when the temperatures dip, the pipes can freeze even if it’s just for a few hours.
Here are some tips to make sure your pipes continue to flow so you don’t have to clean up a flood instead of drinking hot cider by the fire.
1. Don’t forget to unhook ALL the garden hoses. You’ve checked? Did you double check? It’s typical for one person in the home to ask if the hoses (all the hoses) were disconnected and another person in the home might say, “Yep!” but in fact, one lone hose gets forgotten and you’ve got yourself a full-blown flood. Just in case of a flood, locate that main water shut off valve.
2. Keep those pipes warm and toasty. Pipes that face west and north walls of the home are more susceptible to freezing winds and cold temperatures. Have them wrapped with thermostatically controlled heat tape. Yes, there is such a thing! If you don’t want to go to the trouble or the cost, wrap with a warm towel for the time being.
3. Get those pipes a blanket! You can add extra insulation around pipes that are on exterior walls.
4. Of course, if all else fails, you can keep those cabinet doors open and the faucets dripping.
If you’re like most people, you don’t want to go through the house and actually do all this maintenance. That’s why we’re here! We don’t just remodel, we help weatherize.
What’s your issue with your pipes for the winter? Now’s a good time to check into it.