4 Tips For Avoiding Frozen Or Burst Plumbing This Winter

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As the temperatures continue to drop, and the chances of snow continue to increase, it is imperative that you take certain precautions to ensure that you don't have unnecessary repair bills in the foreseeable future. The last thing you want to have are plumbing problems, such as a frozen or busted pipe. Luckily, it is possible to avoid frozen pipes this winter, but it takes more than simply turning up the heat inside the home. So, with that being said, here are a few things you can do:

Tip #1: Insulate Your Plumbing Pipes

Once the temperatures outside get low enough, your pipes will begin to freeze, or at least be at risk of doing so. This is particularly true for those that are in the exterior walls of your home and outside the home. The best way to reduce this risk is to wrap them with insulation and to use spray foam insulation in the exterior wall cavities. This will help ensure your pipes remain warm throughout the winter.

If you fail to take this step, there is a good chance that your plumbing fixtures and pipes could freeze and burst at some point during the winter season.

Tip #2: Keep Snow and Ice Away from the House

The wind will blow snow against your home. When this happens, you need to make sure to take the time to shovel the snow away from your home's foundation. Try to make sure to do this prior to the temperatures warming up enough for the snow to melt. This will help to prevent run-off possibly flowing into the basement.

Tip #3: Keep the Area Above the Septic System Clear

In addition to keeping snow away from the edges of your home and your home's foundation, you also need to make sure the drain field of your septic system is clear. Otherwise, the septic system may be unable to properly process waste.

Tip #4: Repair Plumbing Leaks Before Winter Strikes

If you have not had your plumbing system inspected, it is a good idea to call a plumber to perform an inspection before the weather gets too bad. This will allow you to find out if you have any repairs that need to be repaired prior to the winter weather arriving, such as leaky faucets, cracked pipes, etc. It is always better to have plumbing repairs fixed now, as the winter weather will only make them worse resulting in higher repair bills. 

Contact a plumber, like Cove Plumbing Inc , for more help.

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