Tips for the Winter

 

The winter is a time were you may have a lot of guest, and a lot of work preparing for them.  Unfortunately, winter is also a time that major plumbing problems can happen.  With family and friends in and out, this is not the time for big plumbing problems.  What may help to prevent or catch problems?

 

Watch out for the freeze:

When it gets cold, water freezes.  This can cause big problems fast.  If pipes freeze you may not have water.  But even worse, most types of pipe don't expand with the freezing water.  As the ice grows bigger, pushing outward against pipe walls, material such as CPVC, PVC, and Copper can burst.  In some cases, it may not just be one spot on the pipe; it can ruin large parts of your plumbing system.  What can you do?

Having pipe in heated spaces or in insulated areas is great and can prevent problems.  But not all pipe is in such spaces.  For pipe in 'crawl-spaces' and basements that are not heated, it is good to have that pipe sleeved in insulation.  If a hard freeze is coming, leave a faucet open at a drip.  This may help prevent freezing.

What if a pipe does burst? Turn off the water. Generally, there is a valve right where the water supply enters your home, if not you can always count on one in your meter box at the street.

 

                                                            Frozen copper pipe

        For a Lake house:

To decrease likelihood of freeze, winterize your plumbing system before winter if you do not plan on coming to the lake during the season.  If not winterized, freezing risk is high.  But if you are coming to the  lake during the winter months turn off the water to your home whenever you leave for more than a couple of days.  Also try to drain the water system.  This is no substitute for winterizing the system, but may help.

 

 

 

Have winter time questions?  Give us a call: 256-825-2139

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