3 Ways to Prevent a Burst Pipe
Like most people, you are probably stocking up on sweaters and blankets. Your pipes also need to be kept warm during the cold Berkeley winter months. Frozen pipes can cause costly water damage. A plumber can assist you with winterizing your home.
Keep Pipes Insulated in Cold Weather
Your pipes will need adequate insulation in the winter months. Cold and hot water pipes should be insulated with foam. A plumber can ensure the insulation is securely in place. A professional plumber may also recommend using heat tape. The tape prevents pipes from freezing. Your grass will be frozen during the winter months, so it is safe to turn off your sprinkler system.
Keep Water Flowing Through Pipes
Keep water flowing through the kitchen and bathroom faucets. A slow drip will relieve water pressure. Wash clothes on a hot water setting to keep pipes warm. If the ice maker water line is underneath the house, make sure the ice maker is constantly making ice cubes. You should also open cabinets to circulate warm air close to cold pipes and throughout the plumbing of your Berkeley home. A plumber may recommend installing a foam cover on your garage and basement faucets. Plumbing in the attic and crawl spaces also needs to be insulated during the winter months.
Keep Outdoor Buildings Warm
Close your garage during freezing cold weather. Foundation vents should also be closed in the winter. A plumber can assist you with weather stripping the exterior windows of your home. When winter is over, a plumber can check your plumbing lines for water leaks.
The pipes along the exterior of your home will need to be insulated if they have frozen in previous years. If there is mold on the exterior of the home, the pipes have probably frozen in prior winters.
Additional preventative measures need to be taken if you are taking an extended vacation. Your furnace needs to be set to at least 55 degrees. Turn off the water supply, and contact a plumber to inspect your plumbing system. When you take these precautions, your pipes are less likely to freeze in frigid temperatures.
Avoid a costly pipe burst with these key tips! Call Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating at (510) 876-9725 for repairs in your Berkeley, CA home.