Winterizing Tips For Your Plumbing at Home
When the cold winter months arrive, there’s no stopping the snow, winds, and very unpleasant temperature. Generally, the winter season wreaks havoc on everyone’s home, including the plumbing system. In fact, the plumbing system together with the roof is the two most affected components of the home. So if you’re not prepared for the winter, expect to have serious problems in your plumbing later on.
So when winter is fast approaching, you have to start preparing. If you don’t have the will to do so, just think of the effects and consequences of frozen water in pipes. Not only will it lead to inconvenience, it might also correspond to major damage or destruction in your home. That’s why doing some preventive measures and preparation for the winter is your best shield for your plumbing system, and the good thing is we have here some of the stuff you need to take care of.
Fixing Leaks – Bear in mind that even the smallest leaks will lead to bigger and more serious problems later on, especially when the temperature begins to drop. So find effort and time to check the exposed pipes you have indoors and see if there are any leaks. You can’t wait for the water to freeze before you make your move because more often than not, that’s too late. If your pipes are insulated, feel for any moisture that may have been soaked up by the same insulation and see if there’s a hidden leak somewhere.
Pipe Insulation – A basic but very important preventive measure for the winter is to make sure that every exposed pipe in your plumbing system is well insulated. In order to find the exposed pipes, you have to look in your attic, garage, and crawl space. The moment you see them, make sure they are wrapped in insulation foam. Bear in mind that pipe wrap insulation is very affordable and it’s quite easy to do. By doing it, you save on heating costs while at the same time you keep your pipes protected come winter time.
Evaporative Cooler – A source of water inside that has to be drained right before winter comes is the swamp or evaporative cooler. You have to winterize it in order prevent pipes from freezing. In order to do so, turn off the water as well as the power to the unit. Next, drain the way out of the cooler as well as the water supply line. Likewise, this is the perfect time for you to clean the interior and change the pads. Lastly, cover the swamp cooler using tarp or any cover in order for it to be dry for the entire winter.
Proper Insulation of Pump Houses – Finally, you have to know and realize the importance of proper insulation of the pump houses because it also keeps the pipes from freezing when winter comes. You can provide added protection by insulating the exposed pipes in the pump house, basically similar to what you’re supposed to do in the other exposed pipes. Likewise, you need a heat source to keep the temperature of the pump house above the freezing point.