How to Winterize Your Pipes This Winter

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You should always be prepared for winter by winterizing your entire home. This includes ensuring all your pipes are protected for the upcoming winter. Winters can be brutal and Disaster Cleanup Services wants to make sure you are in the know when it comes to your pipes this winter. Frozen pipes could burst which could cause flooding and a huge bill. We want to help you prevent this with these tips!

  • Remove your garden hoses and store them before winter hits

A frozen garden hose could wreak havoc on your home. It could burst an interior pipe as well as your spigot if it is not frost proof. Make sure you disconnect all hoses and drain them before storing.

  • Ensure your outdoor spigots are winterized

Check to see if you have frost free spigots, if not then you need to turn off your shut off valve and drain your spigots. It is also a smart an idea to also install an insulator for your faucet. They are fairly cheap and will save you a lot of money in the long run!

  • Check your interior plumbing

Pipes that are exposed are at a risk for freezing. If you have pipes that are not in a heated area such as your attic or garage you need to wrap them in either foam pipe insulation or temperature controlled heat tape. The tape is a little expensive, but will turn on when it hits a certain temperature. This will save you money in the long run!

  • Check your walls

If you have had water damage in the past from a frozen pipe in a certain area it may be smart to have more insulation installed. This is a bit costly, however it will save you money in the long run. If a pipe bursts in your walls then you may end up with water damage and mold if not handled by a professional such as Disaster Cleanup Services.