It’s already late into the year and winter is fast approaching. And as much as winters in Washington State make it an ideal destination for people looking for some winter activities, there’s no denying that it can still get a bit too cold sometimes.
With that being said, it’s always important that you prepare your home for the chilly winter, from ensuring your heating system works in its best condition, to preventing your water pipes from freezing. A frozen water pipe can be a bit of a hassle and may even result in a bigger plumbing problem if left unattended.
Here are a few tips you can follow if you want to keep your pipes working all winter long:
Keep the Indoors Warm
One of the easiest ways to help keep your pipes up and running is to keep your home temperature warm and toasty. Making sure that it’s at an optimal temperature will help prevent the pipes from being too cold and, eventually, freezing. If you are leaving your house for a while, don’t turn your heaters completely off and keep it to at least a certain temperature to prevent the pipes from getting too cold.
Let Water Drip
Probably one of the oldest tricks in the book, letting water drip from your faucet will help prevent freezing due to the constant water flow. Just keep it at a minimum flow so you won’t be wasting too much water in the process. You also don’t need to keep your faucet on and just drip it every so often to save on water.
Open the Cabinets
Help warm air circulate inside the house, including under the kitchen cabinets where the pipes are located, by keeping the door open. This will definitely help lessen the probability of your pipes freezing during cooler nights.
Insulate the Pipes
Pipe insulation is not a new technique and is an essential step you have to take during the winter season. This is especially helpful in keeping exposed pipes or those installed in unheated areas warm enough to keep on working. Outdoor pipes can also be insulated by using heating tape or installing sleeves.
Keep Your Plumber’s Number Saved
One of the best ways to prevent your plumbing system from freezing during winter is by keeping in touch with your local plumber. They can help provide emergency services in case your pipes are filled with ice and frozen water. Having a professional plumber within reach will minimize the damage caused by the winter cold on your plumbing system.
If you live in Kent or its surrounding areas, your team at Drain Pro Plumbing can definitely help you prepare your water pipes for the winter season. Our team is also fully equipped with tools, techniques, and knowledge to help provide you with emergency plumbing services as soon as you need them.
Contact our team now and let us help you keep your pipes safe and sound even before winter arrives.