Fall is here in full swing and winter is not but a month or two away. In some areas, water is already freezing. The winter might be a great season for most people because you can wear all the clothes you want, football season is in its prime right now, and there are many holidays when it is cold outside.
Some people don’t like the cold, but houses sure do not like the cold. Many houses actually get damaged in the winter.
Even worse, plumbing can break, burst, and freeze solid in the winter. Homeowners must take necessary precautions to prevent these things from happening.
Insulating Your Home’s Plumbing
The best way to prevent any pipes from freezing and subsequently bursting is to make sure they are properly insulated. Most times, Columbia homeowners will have to go under the crawl space themselves and put insulation on the plumbing themselves.
Luckily, this is actually pretty easy to do. Simply go under the crawl space but first go buy some insulation from the local hardware store.
Tell them what size pipe you need the insulation for and they can lead you in the right direction. All you need it electrical tape and a knife to install the insulation. It really is that easy.
Insulate Your Crawl Space
You need to put insulation around the bottom of your home around the foundation. Being able to keep heat in the bottom of the house is just as important as putting insulation on the pipes themselves.
It might seem like putting insulation around the foundation in the crawl space is stupid and not worth it, but it is very much worth the effort because you will probably never experience a broken pipe in your Columbia home from the cold this way.
Cover and Turn Off Any Faucets Outside
Any faucets that hoses connect to on the outside of a home need to be turned off completely and styrofoam or another insulator should be placed around it. This makes sure the faucet will freeze from the outside.
Even if there is just a tiny bit of water that is left in the faucet or the pipes immediately leading to it, the pipes can burst very easily. Prevent this by draining out when it is still warm outside or not freezing yet so you don’t have to spend money by repairing frozen and broken pipes in your home this winter season 2015.
Avoid a costly pipe burst with these key tips! Call Plumbing Solutions, LLC at (803) 513-5749 for repairs in your Columbia, SC home.