If you’ve ever experienced a frozen or, even worse, a busted pipe during the winter season, then you already know it’s something that is not only extremely inconvenient but, depending on how much damage was done, it can prove to be pretty expensive to repair as well.
The good news is that there are some preventive steps that you can take to keep this from being too much of an issue. If you’re curious to know about some proven ways to winterize your plumbing, here are five relatively easy steps.
Conduct an energy audit. It’s pretty amazing, the amount of people who have water leaks inside of their home who don’t even know it. If you’re curious about if you have some, one way to find out before it becomes too much of an issue is to conduct an energy audit. It’s a process that will show you how to check for air and water leaks (among many other things). One website that will show you how to conduct one yourself is Energy.gov. Just go to the site and put “DIY energy audit” in the search field.
Flush your plumbing system. If you were to ask a professional plumber about something that you should do in order to get your plumbing system ready for the winter weather, something that they would probably recommend is that you flush out your plumbing system. You can do this by turning on one of the faucets in your house at the highest and lowest point. That will help to drain your pipes. (Special note: If you’ve never done this before, you might want to contact your water company first, just to make sure they are OK with you doing it.)
Add some anti-freeze. Another thing that you should do is add a bit of anti-freeze into your plumbing so that that the water running through it won’t freeze in extreme cold weather. Three of the most important places to put some anti-freeze is inside of your toilet’s tank, inside of your sinks’ drains, and also inside of your shower’s drain.
Insulate your pipes. If you’ve thought about getting a new heating system and you’ve been reading about heating system comparison appliances, you might come to the conclusion that it’s not within your budget to make that kind of a purchase yet. In the meantime, something that you can do to keep your pipes safe even when it’s below freezing is to insulate them. According to most experts, it’s best if you use fiberglass or foam. One website that can walk you through the insulating process is DIY Network. Just go to the site and put “how to insulate pipes” in the search field.
Disconnect your hoses. One thing that you don’t want to deal with is having a hose burst and cause serious problems with your plumbing system. So, also remember to disconnect any of the outside hoses that are directly connected to your house. It’s also a good idea to disconnect your sprinkler system and water features, just for safe measure too. For tips on how to properly disconnect your outdoor hoses, go to YouTube and put “how to winterize your garden hose” in the search field.