Don’t ignore your pipes this winter – freezing temperatures can in turn freeze your pipes, stopping water flow and potentially causing damage to your plumbing equipment. Get ready now before the damage is done!
Insulate your pipes. Did you know that insulated lines stay up to 4 degrees warmer? You can install pipe wraps, generally made from either fiberglass or foam, to protect water lines. Use foam for most areas, but use fiberglass near areas of high heat, such as near water heaters. Once pipes are insulated, you can turn down the temperature on the water heater, reducing energy used as well as your energy bills.
Drain your water lines. If you plan on leaving for an extended period of time, drain water lines to prevent freezing and/or bursting of pipes, as well as bacteria buildup. First, you will need to turn off the water main, then the lines will need to be drained with compressed air (ask a professional if you don’t know how to do this).
Other things to consider:
- Run all faucets every so often or let them drip for several hours to keep water moving.
- Open cabinets under sinks to let warm air in.
- Don’t lower thermostat too much.
- Wrap exposed water lines with towels.
Keeping your home at a comfortably warm temperature will also help in warming pipes and water lines. If you are having trouble with your furnace or other heating equipment, contact Heatmasters for an inspection before winter comes.
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