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How To Prepare Pipes For Cold Winters

How To Winterize Pipes

Plumbing should be considered and prepared carefully for the winter months. This is because, as the temperatures drop to below freezing, there is a potential for pipes to freeze, crack, or even burst! Homeowners should consider preparing their pipes with insulation, so they don’t burst and need repiping. In this article, plumbing experts share some essential tips to avoid that unexpected disaster. 

What Happens When a Pipe Bursts?pipe

In locations where frozen pipes occur, the cold temperature outside can make it dangerous during the winter. Pipes burst during freezing temperatures when they are cracked, frozen, or exposed to a warmer substance. 

When pipes burst, cold water rushes into a home. This is a problem because cold water can make the temperature in a home drop significantly. It can also damage electricity, plumbing, and furniture saturating everything in the water. 

Burst pipes can flood a home in minutes, and the water can only be stopped if it is shut down. Homeowners exposed to freezing temperatures and water can develop hypothermia and need medical attention. An emergency plumber can be contacted to solve this issue. However, the damage that is already done can be prevented!

pipes How Can Pipe Insulation Prevent Burst Pipes?

Pipe insulation can prevent burst pipes by allowing a second layer of protection around the pipe. This protection shields away from cold temperatures. This is especially important if there is any damage to plumbing pipes like cracks or dents. This way, the cold temperature does not worsen the condition or freeze the pipes. 

Pipe insulation can be installed by a plumbing technician. Although the most popular pipe insulation type is made of foam, there are other options like insulating tape. Both have strong benefits for homeowners. They are flexible, durable, and allow for insulation of warmer temperatures. The foam material is typically used in homes where there is space to add insulation to the pipes, while the tape is typically wrapped around pipes that cannot properly fit a foam piece.

What Other Ways Can Homeowners Protect Their Pipes?

The winterization of pipes can prevent burst pipes and frozen pipes. Although the use of pipe insulation can prevent burst pipes, there are other methods to use to protect plumbing pipes during the winter.

One of the most popular methods is to leave every water source slightly dripping during the winter months that dip below freezing. This is because it allows for the pipes to get accustomed to running water, although in short and small intervals, to save energy. Homeowners should slightly turn on sink faucets in bathrooms and the kitchen, as well as the shower. The dripping of the water can help protect pipes from freezing over as the water continues to run through them, even if only slightly. 

Another way homeowners can protect their pipes is by regularly checking them before freezing temperatures arrive. This way, plumbing technicians can repair or replace any pipes that are cracked or leaking.

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