During cold winter months, your pipes can freeze; that means you won’t have access to water. The worst case scenario is that the frozen water within the pipes will expand to such an extent that the pipes crack. Then, leaking will occur once thawing of the pipes actually takes place. To prevent such inconveniences and a hefty plumbing repair bill, here is what you should do to winterise your plumbing:
How To Winterise Your Plumbing
- Pipes: All pipes that are exposed to the outside air must be insulated. This job is fairly simple to do, and anyone with the most basic of DIY skills can pull it off. Firstly, clean the surface of the pipes with a rag. Then wrap fiberglass or foil around the pipes, and apply duct tape. Carrying this job out will prevent the pipes from reaching freezing temperatures, and hence the water within won’t freeze.
- Garden systems: those with garden irrigation systems, or a pond feature will need to drain the water from the system before the cold weather arrives. This can be done by blowing compressed air into one end of the system – you’ll know the job is done when water stops flowing out the other end of the system.
- Vulnerable rooms: if there is a bathroom or laundry room located adjacent to a garage where the temperature is low, then keeping the garage door shut would be a great idea. Taking a look at the drawings of your house may help you spot the potential points of your plumbing system that could be affected by the cold weather.
What To Do When Pipes Freeze
Have your pipes frozen over? Don’t panic, here is what you need to do:
- To begin, turn off the closest cold water faucet. This will reduce the pressure on the frozen parts of the pipe, and could potentially prevent the pipes from cracking.
- Now identify the parts of the pipe that have frozen, and wrap towels soaked in warm water around them. This will gradually thaw the ice within the pipes. For added speed, have a bucket of hot water nearby, and constantly dip the towel in to keep the temperature of the towel warm.
- Typically, people will try to thaw ice within pipes via an electrical gadget such as a hair dryer or blow torch. This is the worst thing you can do because the quick temperature change will result in the cracking of the pipe. The warm towel method ensures that the change in temperature is gradual enough to avoid cracking.
When faced with such plumbing problems or anything similar to this, it is important to seek the services of an expert to avoid being overwhelmed by the situation. You can contact Hansen Plumbing as your reliable partner with the experience, skill and equipment to sort out all your plumbing issues in a prompt and professional manner.