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.