Winterize Now, Before It’s Too Late
Winter is upon us, and the smart thing to do is winterizing your water pipes to save you from a massive headache and expensive plumbers bill in the future.
Every winter it’s a good idea to follow these simple steps. You will be glad you did, and it will give you peace of mind that you’re in good hands. Although there is no guarantee that this will prevent a water break 100 percent of the time, you can be sure that following these steps will significantly stack the odds in your favor.
I realize most people who have lived there lives up north in cold climates will already know these steps, so this article is mainly written for a person that has recently relocated to colder weather from a warmer climate.
Here are the steps and the good news is that they are all free, as in no cost to you.
Steps to Follow
For this, you will first need to shut off your main water supply to your home. You usually will find this water valve in your basement, in a laundry room, or outside near the water meter. If you cannot locate it, you may need to ask a neighbor that has a similar layout to your home.
Now that your water is off you will want to go to each water faucet on the outside of your home and turn it to full-on to release any built up pressure. Make sure to allow all water to drip out before closing the valve up.
This step is crucial. You need to bring your water hose inside, or any device that you had connected if not the water hose. Most people do not realize that reconnecting the water hose or any tool can introduce, water back into the line thereby defeating the purpose of removing the water. Also, should you have a small water leak and to leave the water hose connected you could have the leaking water build up in the water hose and then when it gets cold your pipes could burst.
The final suggestion that has been mentioned for freezing days is to allow a small trickle of water to run through your pipes, and this will deter the water from freezing.
Here is A Optional Step for prolonged cold climates
Although this step can be a little expensive, it may be well worth it for you to investigate if you are in colder weather that is over an extended period of time. Also if you are purchasing a home that is not new, you may already have this and just need to do some minor repairs to get it operational.
There is a product that is called heater strips or heat tape. You will wrap this around the pipes you are concerned of freezing and when they are electrically charged they heat up and keep your pipes from freezing.
It is stressed that you carefully follow all install instruction because you are obviously wrapping electricity around pipes that are carrying water and the last thing that you want is to grab your water faucet and get shocked.glacierbay