With the approach of colds, our houses need especially close attention and care since the plumbing system is the most vulnerable thing in all the households.
If we don’t get it ready for winter properly, it can result in many unpleasant effects, and leaks will be the least harmful of them.
So to not let the water freeze in your pipes (and you know it can solidify quite fast), we offer you to get acquainted with several handy suggestions regarding the house piping maintenance.
Plumbing Care Tips Anyone Can Follow
You may think it is extremely complicated to take care of the plumbing system and get it ready for winter but in fact, even if you are not the professional plumber, you can do it easily - as Camilla Moln from beezzly says.
It will simply be needed to learn several guiding tips, but like that, you can be certain that no pipe will be damaged during the colds filling the house with the flood.
1. Stop the external taps
To drip the extra liquid out, open the tap and unscrew the bleeder cap to let the water come out of the pipe. If you see that the dripping doesn’t stop, the faucet may need to be fixed.
2. Set up frost-free sill cocks
The working segments of this item are placed up to eighteen inches inside the wall, and not at the tap. Properly installed, the sill cock allows the liquid to drain from the pipage.
3. Disunite all the hosepipes
If some liquid is left inside them, it can go back to the pipage and freeze there causing cracks. So disconnect them, drain, and keep until spring.
4. Protect the hose bibs
It will allow you to bring down the heat loss.
5. Install heat cables
To keep pipage warm during the winter, heating cables can help. They measure the level of warmth and warm up the pipage when needed.
6. Seal the cracks and rim joists
Those spots are where the cold air will most likely sneak in. When we seal them and insulate, we protect the pipage from freezing.
7. Shut off water
It’s needed only if you’re leaving your house for several days or a long time. If the frozen empty pipage will crack, the damage will be still less than if they were filled with liquid.
8. Warm-up pipes on extremely cold days
If it’s very cold inside, open the kitchen cabinet doors and warm the plumbing with a fan of a portable heater - like that, the vulnerable pipes that are usually hidden behind the doors will get the warmth they need.
9. Let the faucet run during a cold snap
On extremely cold days, it will be reasonable to let the faucet run slowly to bring down the pressure in the pipes and protect them from cracking. But if the faucet is outside, don’t use this method.
10. Keep the indoor temperature even
On extremely cold days, it’s better to keep the indoor “climate” steady or even set your home thermostat a couple of degrees higher.
How to Bring It All Back To Like
Winter doesn’t last forever and after three months of cold, the time will come to restart the plumbing system.
Doing it right is the same important as correctly preparing it for the cold days.
Since most people make mistakes when turning on the outside faucet, we will describe how to make it properly.
- If you closed the valve on the spigot before winter, then skip this step. If for some reason it wasn’t done, then do it making sure it is all the way closed before you turn the water on!
- Unscrew the water shutoff valve. It is often located in a basement or a crawlspace, so if you are not sure, find it beforehand. Sometimes the house has several spigots - in this situation, ensure you follow the correct pipe to the shutoff valve.
- Turn the spigot on to let the water flow.
- Before attaching a garden hose, remember to shut the spigot off.
- And never leave either spigot or a hose unattached! Like that, you will prevent significant water leakage.
It may seem troublesome to do that every time you leave somewhere for more than a couple of days or if you go on vacation. Nevertheless, keeping the water in your house shut off can help to prevent a disastrous flooding in case the pipes won’t manage the cold and crack or even break.
And if you are not a professional plumber, we advise you to ask a specialist to check the house plumbing system regularly (once a year is more than enough if no serious damages exist and if the pipes are relatively new). Like that, you will be absolutely sure that everything is ok, and in case of any problem, you will get a professional advice on what to do to fix the issue.