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Four Tips For Winterizing Your Plumbing

Cold weather can bring on a plethora of issues for your plumbing system. One of the biggest plumbing issues homeowners face is busted pipes. There are two causes for this, frozen pipes and high pressure in the pipes. About 22 gallons of water are lost from a leak at an average residence per day. Before the temperatures reach freezing level, you want to start making adjustments as needed. Here are some tips for winterizing your plumbing system to help you get started. 

Allow for Drips

Typically, a dripping faucet would be a concern for a homeowner as it can symbolize money going down the drain. While you may waste a little bit of water, it is important to turn your faucets on along the exterior walls so that you get a slight drip out of them. This should be done when you expect the temperatures to get below freezing. Ice is known to build up in plumbing pipes once the outdoor temperature reaches a certain temperature. Because of this, pressure will accumulate between the ice and the faucet which can cause your pipes to burst. By creating a small drip, this will help relieve the pressure and may reduce the chance of having your pipe burst. 

Find Your Water Main

In the event that your pipe bursts, you could end up spending thousands of dollars trying to fix it. To help avoid paying a fortune should your pipes burst, you want to be sure you know exactly where your water main is. This will help reduce the amount of water that pours out of your pipes once you turn off your water from the water main. 

Flush Your System Out

Another way to protect your home and your plumbing is by flushing the water out of your pipes. To flush out the pipes, you want to have the water turned off in your home. You can do this by shutting off the water main or calling your water company to do it. Once this is done, you will turn the faucet on in the lowest part of your home and the highest part of your home. Next turn on all your faucets and flush the toilets a couple times to get the water out. Afterwards, turn off the faucets and cut your water back on. 

Keep Your Pipes Warm

To better prevent the pipes from freezing, you can insulate them. This can be done using plumbing tape or newspaper. You want to cover all pipes that are located outside. You should also cover any pipes that are in cold areas that could potentially freeze. 

To purchase new pipes or other plumbing items, contact a local plumbing supply company like Central Plumbing Specialties.