When the winter time comes, we prepare by stocking up on warm clothes, investing in our heating systems, and planning for the holidays. However, Bergen County homeowners often overlook one crucial winter preparation activity: plumbing system winterization.
Due to the cold, snow, and ice, your pipes are at risk for severe damage due to cracks, leaks, and bursts. A sudden dip in cold temperatures can cause your pipes to contract quickly, causing further damage. There are several actions that you can take to prevent plumbing emergencies in your home during this winter season.
Check your pipes to make sure that they’re properly insulated before the cold weather comes. Proper insulation will prevent the cold from causing breaks, cracks, and bursts. You can purchase insulation tubes to wrap around your pipes online or at your local hardware store. You can add a layer of heat-tape before insulation to add another protective barrier.
Make sure that your basements, crawl spaces, and garage doors have proper insulation. This will prevent the cold from harming exposed pipes in these areas of your house. Heavy-duty cardboard and duct tape are an effective and low-cost method to temporarily insulate these openings.
Repair Exterior Cracks
If your home’s walls have cracks in them, cold air can make its way into your home through these cracks. This cold air can chill your pipes, increasing their risk of cracking. Before winter, check your home’s exterior for these cracks and plug them using caulk or spray foam insulation.
Drain Water From the Pipes
Excess water in tanks and pipes could freeze inside them, causing high pressure and high levels of damage. Make sure to drain this water before the winter by performing the following tasks:
- Open all drain valves and taps and use an air compressor to blow excess water out of the pipes.
- Open the drain valve in your water tank and let drain until empty.
- Flush toilets to drain excess water and apply antifreeze if necessary.
Need help getting your home snow-ready this winter season? Contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing today to request a free job estimate. We are proud to serve residents of Bergen County, New Jersey.