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How to Winterize Your Plumbing Pipes to Prevent Damage
Winterizing pipes reduces the risks of blockages, short circuits, breaks, and bursting by making the pipes freeze more slowly. From sealing opening in pipes to helping the sub-floor temperature stay at the proper level for pipe insulation, here are some easy steps to reduce the risks of damage and expense.
One of the easiest ways to start the winterizing process is by removing clogs from your pipes so that pipe insulation can work its magic. Keep it neat and easy by using strong pressure to remove the obstructions. Use newspapers or paint thinner to remove the clogs while lubricating with household bleach.
To remove clogs, make a hard square of wire mesh and wrap each block together from end to end. Turn the loops toward each other and clamp in place.
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Leave Unclogged Channels
If your pipes are already clogged up, start with your unused channels. Clogged channels are great conduit for water leakage, and conserving water will help maintain the temperature of your pipes. If your supply is already used and the pipes are warm, reduce the amount of water going in the line, especially from cool-season spigots. Turning the spigots off will save energy and put your pipes at greater risk of frozen pipes.
Learn how to stop water from evaporating into space heaters when the temperature drops to safe levels. The cold temperature of the air coming into your home will prevent warm air from condensing, causing your pipes to freeze. If you’re away from home, disconnect and install a heat safe switch to save on natural gas costs. Check your heating system and make sure you have an emergency kit to avoid the costs of home repairs for an emergency.
Cut the Leakage
Leave your unused channels and replace old pipes with stronger ones as needed. Some homeowners leave their faucets running at the start of the season to soften the winter’s iciness. The result is a damaging buildup of water in your pipes and damages your bathroom fittings, fixtures, and countertops.
Unplug your faucets when you don’t need them. If you’re waiting for warm air to run into your home, be cautious of becoming a damper to warm air. If you’re installing new faucets, the old one will be removed and placed out of action for the new ones to make sure they’re insulated properly.
1. Keep Your Window Screenings Open
Seasonal improvements made in your home can make it appear more heated. Low-energy windows, a good coat of caulking, or the addition of insulated flooring can help keep a larger area of your home warm in the winter. Doing so can save on utility bills as well as preventing the risk of water pipe freeze-ups.
Do not put ice bags on your pipes.
Instead, install an ice-block-proof double-skin window.
The double-skin window provides protection from pipes through the full width of the windows. It’s easy to install and perfect for those looking to save money on their utility bills while maintaining a secure home.