Winter can be tough on plumbing. Here in Massachusetts and surrounding areas, we can get some seriously cold weather. Cold weather often means frozen water, and if you don’t get your pipes ready in time you could be facing big trouble later on. What seems like a small oversight can lead to big repair bills. At LaPointe Construction Board Up Service, one of our specialties is winterizing plumbing.
If your home is going to be vacant, then flush the water out of your plumbing system. If there is water in your pipes, they could freeze. As the ice and water expand and contract, the plumbing can crack and burst. Leaks can mean major damage, from warped or weakened building materials to a major mold emergency. To drain out the water, turn off the water to your home. You may be able to do this yourself, or you may need to contact the water company. Next, turn on a faucet at the highest and lowest points of your home. Let the water drain out and the empty pipes won’t burst when the freeze comes.
Some online sources recommend using toxic anti-freeze products. We don’t recommend that home or business owners use antifreeze without consulting a professional. While this may protect drains or toilet tanks from freezing, anti-freeze solutions can be deadly. If any gets into plumbing that leads to drinking water or the dishwasher, people or pets in your home could be poisoned. Do not introduce anti-freeze solutions into your plumbing system unless an expert has told you that it is safe.
Insulating pipes is an important step in protecting your home. Pipes on exterior walls are especially vulnerable. Quality insulation keeps pipes from freezing, but it also has other benefits. You can reduce energy costs and keep your water heater from having to work so hard. Before adding insulation, clean the exterior of your pipes and check your connections. Make sure that the insulation is securely attached.
Don’t forget outside plumbing. If you have a Jacuzzi or hot tub, swimming pool, sprinkler system, or water features such as fountains, these need to be winterized as well. You might need to drain or insulate these pipes. In some cases, you can leave a trickle of water running in the theory that running water won’t freeze. However, in extreme this can result in an ice buildup and other problems. Drain and put away hoses and portable equipment.
While we love winter weather, we don’t love the plumbing problems that can come along with it. At LaPointe Board Up Construction Service, our team is here to help you get your home ready for winter and prevent future problems. Burst pipes can leave a major dent in your budget, so don’t wait until it’s too late. You can call us any time at 978-447-5991 if you need any assistance or just have questions.