Home Maintenance Tips
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How to protect exposed plumbing from freezing temperatures
It’s important to be prepared for the winter weather. Here are some tips on how to protect your exposed plumbing from freezing temperatures.
Start by checking your property for all exposed pipes that carry water; this includes outdoor faucets, bibs, and valves. Use foam or wrapped insulation to protect your pipes from freezing. You’ll also want to inspect any existing insulation, especially in areas that are exposed to the elements. If you don’t have foam use towels, blankets, or even newspapers temporarily (this is better than using nothing at all). Seal all areas around pipes that let cold outside air into your home. Remove, drain, and store your outdoor water hoses inside.
Many homes may have plumbing in the attic as well and you’ll want to insulate those pipes. Another thing that you can do to prevent your pipes from freezing inside your home is to turn the faucet on real slow - that keeps the water flowing in the pipes and prevents the water from freezing over time. When protecting your home, don’t forget to look up. Shut down your evaporative cooler and have it winterized. Your back flow prevention assembly should be covered with an insulation bag or temporarily with a blanket or a towel.
Also check your irrigation systems to make sure exposed parts are protected from freezing. If you suspect your pipes have frozen, be patient, there is no quick remedy. There are a few things that you can do. Pipes will need to gradually warm up, you can use a hair dryer on the frozen sections to start the warming process. Keep a faucet in the on position during thawing to prevent a slug of water from going through and causing more damage. If a frozen pipe bursts or is leaking, you’ll need to shut your water off. You can do that either at your meter or at your home shut off valve. To shut off the water at your meter, locate the meter box and remove the lid. Behind the meter, on the side closest to your home, you should find either a gate valve that looks like a little wheel or a ball valve which is a handle.
As tempting as it is, please do not pour any hot water on your pipes or do anything that will cause a rapid rise in temperature, as this might cause your pipes to burst. In the event that you have a water intrusion in your home, don’t take any chances – call a licensed, registered water damage contractor to inspect and properly dry the area. It is important to remember that there is a window of opportunity to prevent mold growth by starting to dry the structure in the first 72 hours.
Article provided courtesy of Abracadabra Restoration. For more information please contact them at 520-323-3261 or visit their website: www.abrarest.com
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