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Protect Your Water Lines Against FreezingIn winter there is a considerable drop in temperatures which is likely to bring about different plumbing problems. If you want to prevent serious damage to your house , there are certain things that you should do. I present you with several tips that can help you protect your plumbing when freezing temperatures arrive.

 

 

 

Taps
As a rule, people often underestimate this technique for preventing freezing pipelines. Ensuring that water runs through every faucet and valve in your home regularly will noticeably reduce the chances of having frozen pipes.

Weaker water flow is the first sign of frozen pipes, so you should control water pressure in this period of the year. In case the flow is restricted, you must act promptly and call a professional. Visit this page to learn more about different plumbing emergencies.

Insulation
If  you want to protect all the pipes against freezing, you should make use of special foam padding sleeves and/or insulating tape.

Space heaters can be used to keep all exposed pipes or plumbing fixtures warm. Every other day control the pipes in less visited parts of your home to make sure ensure that no ice or frost is accumulating or that cracks are developing.

Garden Hose
Before the winter frost takes the stage, detached all your garden hoses, roll them up and store them until warmer days. Ice can easily form in your water lines and pressure so garden hoses can cause considerable damage if you don’t disconnect them in this period.

If this occurs, your house will be exposed to serious risk.Closing the safety shut-off valve on the pipe leading to the external taps and completely draining residual water from spigots and/or hoses will prevent this. This helpful article elaborates on storing your garden hose before winter.

Shut-off Water
When you leave your home for more than a couple of days, turn off the main shut-off valve as this will suspend the water supply to your house.

Mind you, this should be done not only in winter, but throughout the year, since water lines may well flood your home in any weather.

Shower Gap
Many people think that taking a shower in immediate succession or with huge gaps between showers is the most clever and efficient method of using shower in the winter.

Well, they are simply wrong – the optimal way to use your shower is to wait approximately ten minutes between two showers. In this way, everyone who uses the shower will have a consistent water pressure and constant temperature.

Drafts
If you want to prevent the flow of cold air in water supply lines, go around your house checking for the spots where they are placed in unheated areas. This includes attics, garages and crawl spaces, as well as the spaces under bathroom and kitchen cabinets.

Remember that you have to insulate both hot and cold water lines in these areas. People are often under delusion that the hot water supply line is less likely to freeze then its cold water counterpart when the water temperature drops, but in reality this will happen when water is not running through the line, either hot water or cold water one.

  • Roger Green

    great stuff, lil, as always.

  • Sam O’Rilley

    I totally agree, such a lovely piece.

  • Lillian Connors

    thanks a lot, guys.