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Tips to Prepare Your Plumbing for the Colder Weather

Tips to Prepare Your Plumbing for the Colder Weather

While you start to make winter preparations around your home, one thing that can not be overlooked is your plumbing.

As the leaves start to turn in Western New York, that is a key sign that the weather is changing and before we know it, we will be graced with our brutally frigid winter temperatures. While you start to make winter preparations around your home, one thing that can not be overlooked is your plumbing. Let’s review some tips to prepare your plumbing for the colder weather to help you avoid frozen pipes and other plumbing issues throughout the chilly months.

Tips to Prepare Your Plumbing for the Colder Weather

Water expands when it freezes  which can create potential threats for your Western New York home’s plumbing as we enter into the colder months of the year. A frozen pipe can crack, releasing hundreds of gallons of water into your home. There are steps you can take to help prevent a catastrophe and prepare your plumbing for the colder months.

Shut off Outdoor Faucets: As the colder weather approaches and you prepare for winter, you should add turning off your outdoor faucets to your winter “To Do” list. Shut off the faucets at their shutoff valves. When shutting these off, be sure to open the faucet to drain any water out of the pipe. If you don’t drain the pipe, it can still freeze and crack.

Utilize Frost-Free Sill Cocks: If your home does not have freeze-proof sill cocks, it is recommended that you upgrade your sill cocks. A sill cock (or hose bib) is an outdoor water faucet located on a home/building that is usually threaded for attaching a hose. A frost-free sill cock has a stem that is 6 to 12 inches long. It prevents cold weather from freezing your pipes because the stem washer and seat valve reside inside your home.

Disconnect Hoses and Sprinklers: A hose or sprinkler system that has water in it, when the freezing air approaches, can cause ice to back up into the pipe inside of your home. This can cause issues. As you prepare your plumbing for the colder weather, you should disconnect, drain, and store hoses and sprinklers.

Shut off the Water if Away: If you are going to be away from home for a few days or more, turn the water off at the main shutoff. This helps if frozen pipes crack while you are gone, as you’ll have far less damage. If you are going to be away for a while, it can be a good idea to leave cabinets with plumbing open, to allow heat to keep your pipes warm and prevent them from freezing.

Insulate Your Plumbing: If you have plumbing located on an exterior wall, in crawl spaces, in outdoor spaces, or in other areas of your Western New York home that are known to get exceptionally cold, you should insulate your pipes. Plumbing insulation, especially in conjunction with heat cable, can help to prevent your plumbing from reaching temperatures in which they may freeze.

While we have reviewed tips to prepare your plumbing for the colder weather, there are also things you should do when the weather hits extremely cold temperatures. Things like keeping your faucets on at a trickle, opening your cabinet doors, maintaining a steady temperature throughout your home, amongst other things, can help you ensure you are not without water or left with frozen pipes in your Western New York home this winter.

A frozen pipe is more than just inconvenient. If the pipe bursts under the pressure, it may flood your home, causing extensive water damage.

At Duffett Plumbing, Heating & AC, our plumbers are available Day or Night. We specialize in frozen pipe repair here in Hamburg, NY, we can also help you prepare your plumbing for the colder weather with plumbing replacement and pipe insulation.

Contact us today for all of your Western New York plumbing needs.