As the weather gets colder, your pipes and water lines are more susceptible
to freezing, cracking, and breaking. A water line or water main break
can be devastating during the holidays, particularly if you’re expecting
houseguests. Here are some residential
plumbing tips that will reduce your risk of plumbing problems this winter.
Know Where Your Water Shut-Off Valve Is
You should know the location of your water shut-off valve in order to turn
off the water as a preventative measure or in an emergency. If you suspect a
water main break, you should immediately shut off your home’s main water line to
prevent flooding and water damage. You can also shut off water as a preventative
measure to drain all of the water from your indoor and outdoor pipes before
a cold snap.
Insulate Your Pipes
Exposed pipes in the interior and exterior of your home are at a higher
risk of freezing. You should insulate your outdoor pipes, and pipes in
your basement, attic, and crawlspaces. You can install insulated faucet
jackets, or use heat tape or heat cables. You should only use new insulation,
and you should check with your plumber to ensure that the insulation you’ve
chosen is safe, effective, and properly installed.
Seal Air Leaks and Water Leaks
Air leaks around your electrical outlets, dryer vents, and pipes allow
cold air to enter your home, and put your water pipes and appliance hoses
at risk. Water leaks can freeze in cold weather and cause pipes or hoses
to crack, break, or burst. You should seal any air leaks or water leaks
with caulk or insulation.
At All Plumbing, Inc., our expert
residential plumbers near Arlington, VA can inspect your home for any water line, water main, sewer line, pipe,
and plumbing risks that may cause problems in winter weather. We also
provide professional waterproofing services to identify and repair the
source of water leaks and prevent frozen or burst pipes or hoses. To schedule
an in-home consultation with one of our experienced plumbers, call us
today at (703) 525-7973.