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Protecting Your Home’s Plumbing System from Cold Weather

Every homeowner needs to understand how cold weather affects the plumbing system. The freezing temperature can be detrimental to the piping systems in a home. Although the overall plumbing structure and pipes do not require much maintenance and constant attention during spring and summer, it can become vulnerable to the cold temperature. Frozen or cracked pipes, frigid morning shower, broken radiator, basement flooding, and leaky pipes are among the most common plumbing problems during the winter.

To prevent inconvenience and expensive fixes, here are several ways to help you prepare and protect the pipes from freezing in the winter seasons:

● Clogged Drains

Sink and bathroom drains need to be treated at least once a week with this simple homemade solution:

  • Mix one cup of salt, one cup of baking soda, and one-fourth cup of cream of tartar in a container.
  • Place equal amounts of mixture in various drains and pour two cups of boiling water in each drain.

● Frozen Pipes

Letting water drip from the faucet is a great way to prevent a frozen pipe. Allow water to slowly drip from the faucet rather than keeping them stagnant within the pipe to freeze under very low temperatures. Although this may seem like a waste of water, customers waste more money if the pipes freeze and burst. Even the slowest and slightest drip provides relief to the pressure building in the pipes. Another way to prevent frozen pipes is to tape pipes with foam insulation sleeves to keep them warm

● Consistent Thermostat Temperature

While homeowners turn down their thermostat at night, expert plumbers say that it is ideal to set its a constant temperature during the day and night. Set the thermostat temperature consistently at 55 degrees Fahrenheit. It keeps your home atmosphere cozy and warm enough to prevent your plumbing system from freezing. Although this may incur a higher heating bill, it helps avoid costly repair if the pipes freeze and burst.

Be Prepared

Protecting Your Home’s Plumbing System from Cold Weather

Familiarize the location of your main water line. In case the pipe is cracked and caused flooding, you know where to locate the problem and cut off the flow of water. Always keep an eye on your plumbing system not just before the weather gets chilly. Minor problems often results in major plumbing issues if you do not catch them early. If you have a cracked or frozen pipe, call a licensed plumber to help you with any plumbing repairs and emergency services.

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