Ever since that certain HBO show came out we’ve been hearing the words, “Winter is coming” all year round. However, now it actually is coming and here at Arvada Plumbing we want to help you prepare. Living in Arvada, CO and failing to winterize your pipes is asking for trouble that could end up costing you big time so continue reading to find out everything you need to know before winter gets here.
Winter is Coming. Are Your Pipes Ready?
The absolute last thing you need or want this winter is to be stuck with frozen pipes. If they freeze, they will burst and that’ll not only mean expensive repairs, you could be left without running water. November is here and in and around Arvada, CO it’s time to get your pipes ready.
What Do I Need to Do to Get My Plumbing Ready?
To prevent costly frozen pipes it is essential that you properly prepare. Follow these expert plumbing tips to protect both your outdoor and indoor plumbing this winter.
Outdoor Plumbing Tips
- When the freeze warning bells ring, go to each outdoor spigot and faucet and turn off the water at the shut-off valve. Some of these shut-off valves may be found in your garage or indoors and once you have closed the shut-off valve, be sure to open each faucet or spigot to drain remaining water in order to ensure that it doesn’t freeze in the pipes.
- Disconnect all water hoses from their spigots, drain and store them away for winter.
- Consider purchasing hose bibb covers. These are made of foam and you place them over your spigots in order to avoid pipe freezing.
- Go the extra step and cover your pipes for added protection. Use heat cables or heat to cover exposed pipes and keep them warm.
Indoor Plumbing Tips
- Let warm air reach your indoor plumbing by opening the doors under the sinks in the bathroom and kitchen to prevent those pipes from freezing.
- On those super cold nights, leave your indoor faucets running cold and at a small trickle to keep water moving through the pipes. Moving water helps prevent pipes from freezing and opening your faucets relieves pressure within the pipes, reducing the chance of bursting if the pipe does freeze.
- Help direct your indoor heat to those areas with pipes by closing doors that lead to rooms without plumbing fixtures.
- While away for any extended period, set your thermostat to 50°–55°. This will keep your home warm enough so that the indoor pipes won’t freeze as well as help keep your energy bills low while you’re gone.
Call a Plumbing Expert
If you’re unfortunate enough to encounter busted or frozen pipes this winter, Arvada Plumbing provides emergency plumbing services to customers in and around Arvada, Co. We handle all kinds of plumbing repair and if you’ve got a plumbing issue, our experienced, knowledgeable, professional, licensed, and insured plumbers are available 24 hours a day for emergency service. Contact us today and let the plumbing experts of Arvada Plumbing Co. take care of all your plumbing needs.