If you do find that you have iced pipes during the winter season, you will end up spending a pretty penny just to fix leaks and to thaw out the pipes that are frozen entirely through. I myself have made the mistake of assuming that my pipes would be fine through the winter season. This mistake led to me being forced to replace the frozen pipes with newer and more efficient piping that was less susceptible to freezing. If you do not want to make the mistake that I made, follow the following tips provided by engineering consulting firms and winterize your homes so that your pipes do not freeze during the harshest part of the winter.
Disconnect Water Hoses
The first thing you can do is start by disconnecting all of the water hoses from the outside faucets that might expand or freeze during the winter time. This will prevent the hoses from holding water that might eventually freeze when the temperatures are low enough.
You should also take time to inspect your outside faucets and make sure they are not leaking or dripping in any way, shape, or form. If there is a leak and the pipe freezes, there is a chance that this pipe can unleash more than 200 gallons of water suddenly if it were to burst from the change in pressure. Inspecting these faucets can truly save you the hassle of cleaning up a flood and losing your valuables.
Shut Off Your Valves
After the faucets are inspected for leaks, proceed by shutting off the valves that lead to the faucets outside. Outside faucets are much more susceptible to freezing because they are exposed to the cold air outside. Because these faucets are vulnerable, you should invest in faucet covers that come with a winterization kit. Make sure all of the water in the lines is drained before you install the faucet covers and this will prevent freezing of external components.
Inspect Your Exterior Walls
Before my pipes froze, I had no clue that having small cracks and holes could cause pipes to freeze faster. If you have been meaning to seal cracks in your exterior walls, make sure that you seal these cracks before winter hits. If you do not, the freezing cold winds will have better access to your pipes and can lead to quick freezing.
Know Where Your Water Main Is
You should always prepare yourself for emergencies. When my pipes were frozen, I knew immediately that something was wrong. Luckily, I knew where my water main was so that I could turn the water off before serious damage occurred. If you are not sure how to shut off your water in the case of an emergency, find out how to do this immediately.
If you make sure that your home is properly winterized, you can prevent leaks, pipe bursts, and other damages that can be caused by water heaters. Do your best to inspect your faucets, your water heater, and your pipes, and you will not regret spending the time.
Although we try to be as prepared as possible, the cold fronts that hit by surpise can wreak havoc on our pipes. If you think their might be an issue with your pipes freezing make an appointment for a video line inspection for drain repair.