Unless you live in a part of the world that is unaffected by the harsh, cold temperatures of winter (lucky you), chances are you have spent countless hours preparing your home and other properties for the upcoming chilly months. Cold weather does bring about a unique set of challenges that we should consider long before the first frost. Winterizing the plumbing in your home should be on that list of things to consider.
If the temperature drops below freezing, even for just a short period of time, the water in your home’s pipes can expand and wreak all kinds of havoc. This includes, but is certainly not limited to, bursting pipes. These problems can cost you a lot more in the long-run than taking the ten simple precautions listed below.
- Ensure that your pipes are properly insulated. If you suspect that they may not be, call in the professionals from LaPointe Construction to make sure. We can help you take the next steps in winterizing your water lines for the upcoming winter.
- If you have any pipes exposed in your home, make sure that they are adequately covered.
- If you have an attached garage beside your home, keep the garage door closed as much as possible to avoid the cold filtering in to adjoining rooms.
- Avoid turning off the heat when you aren’t home. Keep the heat turned down low, but not off entirely.
- Make use of fans and space heaters if necessary to ensure circulation of warm air throughout your home.
- Drain the lines of your sprinkler system, as the underground lines can hold water.
- Acquaint yourself with the location of your water shut-off valve. In most homes this can be found in a garage or basement. You should be aware of its location before any problems arise so that you can act quickly in the event of an emergency-such as a busted pipe.
- Disconnect and store any garden hoses or other hoses that hook up to an outside faucet.
- Never, ever try and use excessive heat (such as a blowtorch) to warm up pipes that you suspect might be frozen. Numerous homes have been burned down this way, and it isn’t really all that effective even if you don’t burn the place down.
- Open up cabinets that are placed near pipes, such as the ones under your sink in the bathroom and kitchen, to introduce more heat.
The professionals at LaPointe Construction are here to help you prepare your home or other building for the bitterly cold months of winter. Trust us with the insulation of your pipes and the double-checking of your lines before the temperatures start to drop. Call LaPointe today at 978-447-5991 or send us an email: info@LaPointeBoardUp.com