December 22, 2016

Prep Your Pipes for Winter

Tis the season of pipe bursts. As temperatures go from mild during the day to freezing at night, pipes can crack. Take a few preventative measures to avoid those issues this winter.

  1. Drain and Disconnect

It’s a great time to take a walk around your home and make sure all of your hoses are drained and disconnected. Frost-free hose bibs reduce the likelihood of freezing, but it can still happen. So it’s best to drain and disconnect all water lines that lead outside.

  1. Check Your Crawlspace

Go down in your basement crawlspace and make sure you don’t have any open windows or vents that can let in the cold air. If you have pipes along the outside walls, take some extra time and get them insulated. Depending on their function and location, we’re happy to talk with you about relocating them so you don’t have to worry about it every year.

  1. Re-Inspect When Temperatures Rise

When pipes freeze in your basement or crawlspace, sometimes you don’t notice until it starts to warm up outside. You’ll have a lot of water flowing through the pipes again, and if you have a bad leak, you could end up with gallons of water in the basement.  So re-inspect to make sure you don’t have any potential damage.
Simply put, be as preventative as possible by keeping an eye on things. Make sure the hoses are clear and disconnected, check your basement or crawlspace, and re-inspect once the temperatures start to rise.
If you have any questions or need some help prepping for winter, give us a call at 1-484-203-8420.





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