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With winter here, temperatures will soon be dipping below the freezing mark, which can cause a lot of problems with the plumbing systems in your home. There are a lot of things that need to be done to prepare your pipes for winter weather. Here are some tips to help with maintenance to prepare your plumbing for the first winter freeze:
1. Winterizing Irrigation Lines and Exterior Plumbing Systems
There are pipes outside of your home that you will want to prepare for any winter weather. These lines are irrigation lines and other plumbing that can be vulnerable to winter freezing. Any of the pipes outside will need to be shut off and winterized to ensure that they are not damaged by freezing water that gets trapped inside of them. If you are not sure how to start winterizing pipes, contact a professional plumbing service for help with this maintenance task.
2. Checking the Insulation on Pipes That Are Installed in Exterior Walls
The insulation of your pipes is also important if you want to prevent damage like burst pipes. The pipes that are most vulnerable to freezing and damage are those that are located on exterior walls. You will want to check the insulation on exterior walls and make sure that any air leaks and drafts are sealed to reduce exposure of pipes to cold air. In addition, improve the insulation of water lines anywhere where you can easily access pipes to do these improvements.
3. Leaving Water Lines Dripping During A Hard Freeze to Prevent Pipe Damage
Water is something that can cause a lot of damage to your home, which is why you want to do whatever possible to prevent burst pipes. Leaving the faucets in your home dripping is one of the simplest things you can do when you want to prevent burst lines before freezes. Make sure to allow all the faucets inside and outside of your home to slightly dripping before extreme cold temperatures to ensure pipes do not burst.
4. Maintenance to Radiant Heating Systems and Plumbing Before Winter Weather
Another area of your home's plumbing system that may need maintenance before winter weather is a radiant heating system. If you have modern radiant heating, then you will want to do maintenance to the boiler and other components for the system before winter weather arrives to ensure you have the efficient heating you need to keep your home warm and comfortable.
These are some tips to help start with preparing your pipes for winter weather and freezing temperatures. If you need help with maintenance and plumbing repairs before the first winter storm arrives, contact a professional plumbing and heating repair service to ensure you are ready for the cold.