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Professional Tips for Preparing Plumbing for Winter Weather

Frozen pipes can substantially threaten home plumbing systems during the cold winter months of the year. Homeowners can take steps to insulate and protect their plumbing from freezing pipes in the fall. In this blog post, read tips from plumbing professionals on how to get home plumbing ready for winter.

Home plumbing systems are a network of pipes that connect plumbing fixtures to the main water line. Much of the home's plumbing is located under the foundation of the home, under the lawn, in the basement, or under the driveway. When frost, snow, and below-freezing temperatures hit in the winter, it can cause the water in underground pipes to freeze over.  

Why Is Pipes Freezing Bad?pipes

Frozen pipes are dangerous to homeowners and their property. Water expands when it freezes, which is why frozen pipes can cause plumbing issues. Water can rupture a pipe when it expands inside the plumbing system. 

Bursting pipes can flood the home and cause thousands of dollars in property damage. Water damage from a burst pipe can be expensive and time-consuming to repair. It could require invasive repairs that disrupt the home's foundation to repair hidden pipe leaks under the house. 

A burst pipe that is located underground can go unnoticed for months. The leaky or burst pipe moisture can cause toxic mold and mildew to thrive inside the home. When homeowners notice a hidden leak from a burst pipe, significant property damage may have already occurred.

Ice can also reduce water pressure by narrowing the passageway of the water in the pipes, making it more difficult to complete daily tasks like cleaning and bathing. Reduced efficiency of the plumbing system due to frozen pipes can also cost homeowners by causing a spike in utility bills. 


How Pipe Insulation Prevents Burst Pipes

One of the best ways homeowners can ensure that their pipes do not freeze this winter is to invest in pipe insulation. There are a variety of different types of pipe insulation that homeowners can choose from. A local professional plumber can help recommend personalized solutions for which type of pipe covering is best for the home. 

Insulation adds additional layers of protection to maintain a safe and consistent temperature. Insulating the outside of the pipes can be beneficial for preventing frozen pipes in the winter. It is usually only necessary to insulate the pipes at the highest risk for freezing, such as exposed pipes in the basement. 

A popular way to prepare home plumbing for winter is to apply foam pipe insulation to the outside of any pipes that are at risk of freezing. Foam pipe insulation is easy to use and can save homeowners a ton of money by preventing frozen pipes and improving efficiency. Insulated pipes help keep hot water warm as it travels through the pipes, so homeowners spend less money on their water heater bills. 

Other Ways to Prevent Frozen Pipes

The pipes most susceptible to freezing over in the winter are located outdoors. Outdoor plumbing fixtures like garden hoses, fountains, and pools are exposed to outdoor conditions and are more likely to freeze over than indoor plumbing. Shutting off the water supply for outdoor plumbing fixtures like sprinklers and pools can help to prevent frozen pipes.

In addition to insulating the pipes with foam and other pipe coverings, homeowners can keep their plumbing safe by following these tips from professional plumbers. One should drain outdoor plumbing fixtures such as pools and sprinkler systems of water before freezing weather hits. If there is a water line in the garage, the door should be closed to prevent the temperature from dropping. 

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Bud's Plumbing & Repair Service is proud to serve its community with outstanding plumbing services at affordable prices. Homeowners can count on Bud's Plumbing & Repair Service to help in a winter plumbing emergency. Call them today to schedule an appointment for plumbing maintenance, installation, or repair!