Plumbing Tips for winterizing your home

By December 22, 2014Plumbing Services

Is your plumbing ready for this cold season? Bieg Plumbing Company understands the last thing you need in the winter are frozen leaking pipes. To protect your home this winter and keep your plumbing system operating smoothly, we encourage you to take the following preventative actions:

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are the most common winter plumbing problems we get here at Bieg Plumbing. If below freezing temperatures are forecasted, let slight cold water drip from your faucets. Using hot water could cost you extra heating charges. Also, when away from your home, make sure to keep your thermostat at a reasonable temperature to make sure your water pipes stay above freezing.frozen-pipe

Here are other tips to prevent your pipes from freezing:

Have good Insulation

Check around your home for water supply lines that are in unheated areas and make sure they are insulated. These areas include the basement, crawl space, attic, garage or under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Hot water pipes and cold water pipes that are not allowed to drip in this areas can both freeze.  When severe cold temperature is forecasted, make sure your open all cupboard doors in kitchens and bathrooms where pipes are located.

Check for leaks

Leaks should always be fixed right away. Check for leaks in all of your faucets in the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room etc. If you are experiencing a leaky faucet, contact Bieg Plumbing for a trusted plumber to immediately get your pipes back in tip top shape.

Put away your hoses and close your outdoor shut off valves

Interior shut off valves leading to outdoor faucets should be closed and drained. Any water left in the lines that freezes could cause major damage. In addition, wrap up and pack away any connected outdoor hose until warm weather arrives again. Any water left inside that freezes can cause the hose to expand causing major damage to your faucets.

Locate your main water cutoff valve for your home

Damage can be minimized if you turn off your main water valve quickly. Usually located close to where your water line enters your home. You will also need to locate your main water valve and shut it off incase you are vacating your home especially if  your home heating system is not working.

If your pipes do freeze, call Bieg Plumbing Company, we know what to do to help you avoid further complications such as burst pipes or water damage.