Winters in the Delaware Valley and Philadelphia areas can be harsh, brutal, and whatever other unpleasant jargon senses you can think of. The months of January and February typically end up being the coldest of the year, with temperatures dropping to below freezing. Have you taken steps to winterize your plumbing?
Make Your Plumbing a Top Priority
When these colder temperatures approach, homeowners should make keeping their pipes from freezing a top priority. When water freezes inside plumbing pipes, the expansion causes the pipes to burst and result in costly damages to the home and potential property loss. Doesn’t sound pleasant at all, huh?
Our team of plumbers came up with a list of best practices and tips for you, the homeowner, to be proactive and use to prevent plumbing and pipe damage to your home.
Best Practices for Prepping Your Home’s Plumbing for Winter
- Insulate pipes – Pipes in uninsulated parts of the home (crawl spaces, garages, basements) should be insulated. This can be done with insulation sleeves, wrapping or using slip-on foam pipe insulation. Doing this will also help make sure the hot water stays warm while traveling throughout the home.
- Cover water heaters – Water heaters are typically located in areas of a home that aren’t climate controlled, such as a basement. In non-climate controlled areas, wrap the water heater in insulation. This will help save homeowners money on utilities. Who doesn’t like saving money?
- Remove water hoses – When seasonal plants, lawns, and gardens no longer need water, it’s best to remove water hoses on the outside of the house.
- Insulate wellheads – If the wellhead is above ground, make sure it’s wrapped from top to bottom with insulation, giving it a proper cover to shield it from the harsh winds.
- Inspect the exterior – Areas of the home where wind can penetrate is an area of concern. Cold air can enter through areas such as cracks and open foundation vents. Once inside, the cold wind can cause pipping to freeze. Make sure all visible cracks and vents are sealed using insulation or spray foam to fill the cracks.
- Schedule a Furnace Tune-Up – Annual heating tune-ups from the Dream Team will prevent the need for costly heating repairs. Our expert plumbers will address mechanical issues, if any, before they develop into serious issues and expensive repairs.
A Stress-Free Winter for Homeowners
As local residents, it’s bad enough we have to shovel our walkways and driveways when it snows and deal with those massive potholes in the roadway during the winter. We shouldn’t have to worry about our plumbing and pipes bursting during the winter. Winters should be spent with family during the holidays or binge-watching shows on the couch.
When colder temperatures approach, make keeping your home’s pipes from freezing a top priority. Follow these best practices from our plumbers and enjoy a stress-free winter in your home.
Ready to schedule your annual furnace tune-up? Give us a call at 610-609-7771 or schedule your service on our website, DreamTeamPA.com.