Protecting Pipes from Cold Weather Conditions
Extreme winter weather can produce freezing temperatures for prolonged periods of time in Washington. A common concern among homeowners is temperatures dropping so low that their home’s pipes freeze. While this may not be too much of an issue, the real problem is what comes after this – pipes bursting. Such an event causes substantial water damage, ruined belongings, and costly repairs. To prevent your home’s pipes from freezing and bursting, check out these tips.
Leave the Heating On
Keeping the heating on will prevent water still in the pipes from freezing as the water is continuously flowing. Even if you’re leaving your home for a few days, ensure that the thermostat is left at a comfortable 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Drain Down the System
Drain exterior pipes of water so that there is nothing in the pipes to freeze. Turn off the outdoor water supply and then turn on the hose or outdoor pipe to let the water run out. Simply turning off the water is not sufficient as there is still a lot of water in the system and tanks, which causes damage if a burst pipe occurred.
Insulate the Pipes
Cover the pipes, particularly in exposed areas, in an insulation sleeve. Pay particular attention to pipes in attics, crawl spaces, and vulnerable spots.
Check That You’re Insured
Although these precautions can help prevent burst pipes, there is still a risk that the unforeseen could happen. Check that your home has adequate insurance to cover burst water pipes.
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