It’s Time to be Thinking about Those Winter Months and Your Plumbing

When those cold days hit us here in Chandler, Arizona, there is peace of mind in knowing you’ve prepared your plumbing as the temperature dips in the winter months.  Start your season right with these tips.

Insulating your pipes. Insulate your pipes to keep them from freezing. In any exposed areas, you can use heat tape to wrap your pipes to protect them from any damage.

A little drip in the faucets. As freezing temperatures approach, let your faucets drip just slightly to keep them from getting damaged from a build-up of pressure that could result in a pipe bursting.

Fix the cracks. Fix the cracks on the exterior of your home before winter hits. This will keep the cold air from seeping into your home. You can use a caulking or spray foam installation to fill the cracks.

Insulate. Take a look at your crawl spaces and garage doors to see if there is cold air seeping into these open areas.  As with cracks, cold seeping in can come in contact with your pipes and set them up for freezing and potentially bursting.  You can cover any vents or spaces with heavy duty cardboard and duct tape to keep it in place.

Open the cabinets. If you aren’t home and the heat is on low, you can further protect your pipes by simply opening the cabinets under the sinks in the kitchen and the bathroom. This will allow additional heat to get to those pipes and prevent them from freezing or bursting.

An annual plumbing maintenance checkup can also go a long way in ensuring that your plumbing is protected through the seasons. Just give us a call to schedule your annual plan today.

As always, if you have any questions about ongoing maintenance, winterization or have an issue that needs to be resolved, just give us a call.