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How to Prepare Your Plumbing for the Winter

How to Prepare Your Plumbing for the Winter

There are plenty of things that Sparta Township homeowners must do to prepare for the upcoming winter season. Winterizing tires, installing window insulation, and turning on the furnace are all a part of the winter checklist. Another important item on said list is preparing your pipes. At night temperatures can easily drop below freezing, and if any of the water in your pipes freezes in the process, the pipes can burst, leading to massive amounts of water damage in your home. This is both expensive and extremely hazardous to your health and safety, as it could start an electrical fire, result in the growth of toxic mold, or weaken structural supports in the building.

How to Keep Your Pipes From Freezing

In order to prepare your plumbing for the winter, it is critical to start by evaluating the condition of your pipes to verify if any of them are already at risk of leaking. Once you’ve ensured that your plumbing system is not in need of any maintenance or repairs, you can apply pipe insulation. Pipe insulation is available in a variety of different materials. To install pipe insulation, it is simply wrapped around your pipes, protecting them from the ambient temperature in your home

If you are notified that Sparta Township is due for a sudden severe drop in temperature, there is one other thing you can do to protect your pipes. Locate the faucet furthest away from your water meter and turn the knob until there is a steady drip. Because water is exiting the faucet, it will have to continue traveling through your pipes, keeping it from freezing. Running water indefinitely may impact your water bill, so this strategy is only appropriate in extreme situations.

If you have any questions about how to prepare your pipes for the winter or would like to schedule a service call to have a plumber assess your home, simply contact R Post Inc at 973-520-7444.

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