Posted by: Daryl & Wendy Ashby | November 21, 2011

Are You into Frozen Pipes ?

Plumbing is especially susceptible to cold weather temperatures and freezing. Burst pipes can cause some of the most expensive repairs in the home as well as the inconvenience of hassles during the holidays. So let’s make sure that are bases are covered so you can prevent potential problems from making a mess of your home.

  • Insulate Exposed Piping

Make sure to insulate any exposed water or drain piping in uninsulated spaces such as in an attic, crawl space, outside wall etc. Ideally you should wrap them with electrical heating tape first and then insulate them. You can purchase the styrofoam hoods from almost any hardware store for nickels.

Exterior Faucets

To avoid the mess of pipes bursting inside your walls, ensure that you turn off the water supply of all of your exterior faucets (hose-bibs) INSIDE your house, and remember to drain the water by opening the exterior faucet. Remember to disconnect your garden hoses and drain them as well!

Call your Irrigation specialists to blow out your sprinkler systems or do it yourself if you have a small compressor. Remember, the average pressure in you water line is 60 psi. Don’t go hooking 120 psi to your system and not expect other problems.

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