Winter temperatures can cause plumbing problems in your home if you aren’t properly prepared. In addition to being inconvenient, frozen pipes can cause serious damage to your home and yard. Winterizing your plumbing system will help you avoid plumbing issues. Here are some tips to help you prepare your home for cold weather.
Fix Leaks and Insulate Pipes
Even a small water leak can create a big problem in cold weather. Before winter hits, check all exposed pipes, both indoor and outdoor, for leaks. If the pipes are insulated, feel for moisture from a hidden leak that could have soaked into the insulation. Insulating pipes is a preventative measure that can ensure exposed pipes are protected . If you can see the pipe, it needs to be wrapped in insulation foam. In addition to protecting your pipes, this can also save you money on heating costs.
Winterize Swamp Cooler and Pump House
A swamp cooler, or evaporative cooler, is a source of water that should be drained before winter. To winterize a swamp cooler, turn off the water and power flowing into it. Next, drain the water from the cooler and the water supply line. Lastly, cover the swamp cooler with a tarp to keep it dry throughout the winter. If your water comes from a well, it is important to properly insulate the pump house to keep pipes from freezing. You should also insulate any exposed pipes in the pump house for added protection.
Protect Outdoor Hose Bibs
It is very important to protect hose bibs and pipes from the cold. Remove any garden hoses that are connected to outdoor faucets. This ensures that water doesn’t stay trapped in the hose bib. Drain any water in hoses before storing them in a garage or shed for the winter. After the hoses are disconnected, you can insulate the hose bibs.
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