As the summer comes to an end, cold weather will inevitably be arriving soon. Although the festivities of fall are very intriguing, the onset of cold weather can be a big issue for your pipes, and without the proper preparation, it can cause serious damage to your home plumbing system. Fortunately, the steps to prepare your pipes for the colder months are easy, and starting your preparation ahead of time can help you avoid any serious issues later in the season.
Insulate Your Pipes
In the summertime, the heat causes your pipes to expand, naturally reacting to the increase in temperature. However, in the fall and winter, cold weather causes your pipes to contract, increasing the pressure in your plumbing system and making these pipes susceptible to bursting. By insulating your pipes ahead of time, you can help mitigate the effects of cold weather by ensuring that the cold cannot contact your pipes as easily.
Shut Off Outdoor Faucets Before Larger Temperature Drops
Outside water fixtures are essential for gardening, but with cold weather approaching, making sure these nozzles and tap lines are turned off is the best way to prevent any bursts or freezing pipes. The proximity to the cold air, as well as the lack of insulation, make draining these outdoor water fixtures essential to preserving your outdoor water systems.
Seal Any Leaks or Cracks
Doing a thorough inspection of your pipes before the onset of cold weather, noting any cracks or leaks, is crucial for making sure your plumbing system can handle the change in seasons. As water freezes, it expands, so what might seem like a minor leak can end up causing a massive crack or burst pipe during colder weather.
When to Contact a Plumber
Taking care of any general maintenance of your plumbing system before the onset of cold weather is the best defense you have at fighting the cold. For all of your pre-fall plumbing preparation needs, contact R.Poust, Inc. today.