Winter Plumbing Tips for Homeowners

Posted on Jan 29 2019 - 12:55pm by Housecall

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By Victoria Brown

Wintertime can be fun, but the colder months are tough on plumbing. This is especially true if you live in an area where the cold season means temperatures frequently dipping below zero.

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Then again, no matter how cold it gets, there are always steps you should take to ensure that your plumbing doesn't get as much punishment during the more frigid months. Here are some plumbing tips that may come in handy this winter:

Insulated pipes are less likely to burst

Cracked pipes are a common problem in much of the U.S. during the winter. Caused by water freezing inside the pipes, this problem is particularly rampant with exposed pipes.

One of the surest measures to prevent pipes from bursting is to insulate them. Some folks use foam pipe covers, while others use spiral-wrap or fiberglass insulation. You can do it yourself, but calling a reliable plumbing service to perform the installation is a safer bet.

Running a faucet keeps pipes from freezing

Letting a faucet drip can help relieve some of the pressure on your pipes during the winter months. More importantly, water running slowly through the pipes isn't likely to freeze. Just leaving your faucet dripping may sound wasteful, but considering how much damage a burst pipe can cause, a slight increase in your water bill is a much more frugal option.

Put hoses in storage

Never leave your garden hose connected to a faucet during the winter. The cold will freeze not only the water remaining inside the hose, but also every single drop left inside the faucet. Disconnect the hose, empty it and put it away until spring.

Keep your drains clear

All your drains must be kept clear during the colder months, because the debris inside them can freeze, as well. Be sure that your drains aren't clogged—any amount of standing water inside your drain pipes will likely freeze and cause you major headaches.

Keep the heat running when you're on vacation

When you're off on vacation and no one will be home for several days, or even weeks, you can prevent your plumbing from freezing by keeping your heat on low while you're away.

Winter plumbing issues can quickly become major problems. Finding a plumber who is willing to work on your pipes in the middle of winter is not easy. By taking the necessary precautions and following the plumbing tips listed above, your chances of avoiding cracked or burst pipes this winter will increase considerably.

Author Bio PhotoVictoria Brown is the content specialist for Pipetech Plumbing & Rooter, an expert plumbing repair services company in Chandler, Ariz., that caters to residential and commercial needs. She enjoys yoga and hiking with her family and friends.

7 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. S.Sebastin April 20, 2019 at 3:27 am -

    It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same out of date rehashed material

  2. Michael Lawrance May 28, 2019 at 3:55 am -

    Couldn’t agree more.. great article. We have plumbing business in the north of the UK, and these are the very same tips we give our customers when we get a call out for cracked/burst/frozen pipes.

  3. Mariella Gutierrez October 16, 2019 at 1:25 pm -

    This is excellent, thanks for the article. While most people would recommend professional help, there are basic tips that homeowners should be able to work on.

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