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Perpare Your Pipes for Winter Weather

December 20, 2018

As you ready your house for the colder months ahead, don’t forget about your water system. When water freezes, it expands enough to break pipes open. So if the temperature of your pipes drops below 32 degrees, even for a short period, you run the risk of a pipe fracture or worse. This could mean spending more time and money than needed or expected.

At Strasser Woodenworks, we keep our customers in mind when it comes to giving tips to prevent weather damage to your newly remodeled bathroom. Preparing for bad weather can save your home and money. Here are a few tips to help prevent winter damages on your pipes!

Start Inside The Home

Anywhere cold air blows on a pipe, it creates the potential for freezing. To make sure your pipes are well-insulated, close crawl space vents and stuff insulation over the openings. Even a tiny hole can let a lot of cold air blow in; make sure you fill in all the cracks.

If your bathroom pipes run along an outside exterior wall, try keeping the vanity door(s) open to allow heat inside. If you’re anticipating a deep freeze, consider using a fan to help circulate the air near the pipes, or purchase a small space heater for some extra temporary heat.

Never turn off the heat when you leave home during the winter. Instead, set the temperature to at least 55 degrees F (higher if you’ve had problems in the past or live in an area of extreme cold). If you have multiple heat zones, be sure to adjust all thermostats appropriately.

Outside The Home

Disconnect and store garden hoses. If your home has a separate shut-off for external faucets, turn it off and drain the water from those faucets. By not disconnecting your water hose, the hose will expand and will need to be replaced when warmer weather arrives.

Turn off and drain sprinkler systems. You may want to call in a professional company to blow out any leftover water in the underground lines. A broken sprinkler pipe can do damage to the delicate components that make up the entire system, increasing the cost of repair.

Know where your main water line shut-off is before problems arise. Depending on the age of your house, it can be inside a garage, basement or laundry room, or underground in your yard. After turning the water off, turn on faucets to allow the water to drain and release the pressure in your pipes.

Signs You Have Frozen Pipes

 

You turn on the faucet but nothing comes out. Look in the most likely places and use the techniques listed above to gently thaw the area. Whatever you do, do not use a blowtorch to warm up a frozen pipe. Many homes have been set on fire this way.

The water is turned off but you hear rushing water running anyway. This could be a sign that you have a leak somewhere. You should turn off the water lines immediately and investigate.

If you’re in the market for new bathroom vanities and cabinets, give Strasser Woodenworks a call! You can also visit our website to get an idea of what you may want in your restored bathroom. Our collections come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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