Winterizing Your Home

Plumbing Tips 002Is Your Home Ready for Winter?

If there is any doubt in your mind, it’s a good idea to do a little investigating before the cold weather comes. Frozen pipes can burst and flood your home, leading to big inconveniences and costly repairs.

 

Blue Plumbing & Drain Cleaning can help…

Our technicians can inspect your plumbing for vulnerabilities, places where there is little or no insulation on pipes or fittings, leaving them vulnerable to freezing temperatures. Often, exposed pipes are below your home or mobile home and thus out of sight, making potential trouble spots hard to identify. That’s where we come in. Our technicians can go below your home and perform a thorough inspection of your plumbing system and insulate your piping to give you the best chance of getting through the winter unscathed by the cold.

 

The Importance of Insulating pipes…

Pipe InsulationImagine being outside, without proper clothing, on a freezing cold winter day. Not smart, right? Pipes are not much different. When plumbing pipes and appurtenances are wrapped or insulated properly they can normally make it through the winter without the water inside freezing and perhaps bursting. Pipes, when left exposed, stand little chance against freezing temperatures. Remember, they are full of water with zero room for expansion.
pipe-insulationIf you haven’t lived in your home for long, it is especially important to have your pipe insulation checked. When a homeowner has been in a home for many years he or she has likely been through one of the colder winters in the Prescott quad city area, and have a good idea wether the home is ready for freezing temperatures – and what preventative measures the home has undergone.
Conclusion: If you are new to your home, or the area, have your pipe insulation checked. You will be glad you did and perhaps sorry if you didn’t.

 

All it takes is one section of exposed pipe to freeze and burst. We insulate your pipes from top to bottom.

 

Follow these simple tips and reduce your chances of frozen pipes:

Insulated Pipe
  • Disconnect garden hoses from outdoor valves. Hoses trap water in valves, not allowing them to drain properly.
  • Insulate exposed pipe and fittings. Exposure to outdoor air greatly increases chances of freezing. Be aware of vents under homes that are located close to pipes, especially uninsulated pipes.
  • Repair damaged or loose mobile home skirting. Cover vents or openings, whenever possible.
  • Don’t forget to insulate or bury yard irrigation pipes. These are often attached directly to your home’s plumbing and can leave your home without water if frozen or leaking.
  • Set your home heating thermostat on at least 55 degrees when you are away, or vacationing, during the cold season. Never turn your furnace completely off in the wintertime. Pipes in walls are normally only insulated from exterior cold and are vulnerable to cold temperatures within the house.

Remember:

  •  Your furnace doesn’t only keep you warm, it also keeps your pipes warm.
  •  You can’t have too much insulation on pipes. Only not enough.
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