Even here in Charlotte, winter can do a number on your water pipes. The lower the temperature goes, the more at risk your home is for severe plumbing damage. What can you do to keep your pipes working all throughout the winter months? Here are a few tips from your friends at 1 Call Plumbing that will help keep you high and dry.
Preventing Frozen Pipes
The biggest – and most commonly reported – plumbing problem in the winter is frozen pipes. They happen when the temperature above ground stays below freezing for an extended period of time, and can eventually result in a burst pipe within your walls. Burst pipes are expensive to fix and can damage everything from your drywall to your insulation.
The easiest way to prevent your pipes from freezing is to leave water in at least one faucet running. No need to keep it on fully; a slow flow or fast drip should do in our Charlotte climate to keep the water moving through the pipes and hopefully, to keep the pipe from freezing.
Preparing for Winter
Keeping an eye on the weather forecast is a good first step to knowing when your pipes are at risk. It’s also a good idea to have your home’s insulation inspected, too, if you suspect there’s not much standing between your pipes and the exterior of your home. A good layer of insulation is the best thing that can stand between your water pipes and freezing air.
If you’ve run your garden hose recently, be sure to disconnect it from the home’s water supply. This will keep the pressure from building up inside the hose, putting strain on your pipe system. If you’re really worried about your outdoor faucets, invest in “faucet jackets” that are inexpensive and easy to install. It’s important, too, to know where the shut-off valves are inside your home for your water supply. In the event a water pipe does burst or a leak is detected, shutting off the water immediately helps you minimize the damage.
1 Call Plumbing handles dozens of emergency calls every winter from Charlotte residents dealing with frozen, leaky pipes. Don’t let it happen to you! Contact us today to find out what you should be doing to better prepare your house for winter’s wrath.