As temperatures drop, many homeowners think about the affect of frigid temperatures on their water pipes. Here are some tips to help keep your water pipes safer this winter.
Outside faucets: turn off any outside water valves. Since any water that remains in the pipe can freeze, make sure to shut your faucets off at their shutoff valves and then drain any remaining water out of the pipe. You can also install outside faucet covers.
Interior pipes: look for pipes that are likely to freeze such as those in un-insulated areas of your home or pipes running along outer walls. Wrap pipes that are at risk of freezing with pipe-wrap insulation or foam sleeves which can be easily installed.
Let the warm air flow: during a cold snap, it’s also a good idea to open up kitchen cabinet doors to let warm air circulate around your pipes.
Locate your main water valve: hopefully you’ll never need it, but just in case of a major problem like pipes bursting, it’s important to know where your home’s main water value is located.
Finally, you may have heard that it’s a good idea to let your faucets run when it’s especially cold out. And yes, it is a good idea to let your faucets drip, but a slow stream is all you need. This will relieve pressure and may help prevent pipes from bursting if they do happen to freeze. Your water bill may be a bit higher, but it’s nothing compared to the costly repairs and inconvenience of burst pipes.