5 Tips for Protecting Your Pipes During the Winter
Are you ready for winter? You may be looking forward to the season of snow, but are your pipes
prepared? Here’s how to keep them from freezing this year:
Insulating your pipes will help prevent freezing. Cold air won’t have as much access to the pipes, helping
them stay warm enough to keep from freezing up. This is especially good for metal pipes.
Drip, Drip, Drop
No one wants to waste water, but one of the easiest ways to prevent pipes from freezing in the winter is
to keep water moving through them. Simply turn on your tap and let it drip slowly throughout the
evening. Turn it off in the morning and remember to run water through the system every now and then
throughout the day. The minimal amount of water you lose in doing this is small change compared to
the massive cost of plumbing repair or replacement if you don’t.
Heat Things Up
Applying heat is a great way to keep your pipes from freezing. There are many hardware or plumbing
specialty stores that sell heat tape that can be applied directly to the outside of pipes to help keep them
warm. However, you can also simply turn up the heat in your home or the rooms where your pipes are
Open the Doors
Heat is no good if it can’t get to your pipes. To ensure that the heat you’re running in your home can
help you keep your pipes from freezing, you’ll need to open your cabinet doors. Anywhere you might
have access to pipes inside cabinets, drawers, etc., you should open those doors to allow heat to get to
and help maintain the safety of your pipes.
Make Necessary Repairs
Cracks, ill-fitted pipes, and leaks can make for pipes that freeze much easier than those that aren’t in
need of repairs. Unfortunately, it may be difficult to detect these issues unless you keep a careful eye on
your pipes before, during, and after cold weather comes to stay.
To get your plumbing checked and prepared for winter, contact your local plumbing experts at Same
Day Service Plumbing. We’ll help you keep your pipes safe and working properly all winter long. Contact
us today for maintenance or repairs before old man winter makes a mess of your plumbing!
15 Proven DIY Tips to Winterize Your Home and Maintain Your Heating System
Most annual maintenance and heating system checks should be performed only by a qualified service technician from a professional company like Same Day Plumbing, Heating and Air. However, there are some things that you can do yourself, in addition to the professional service, to assure optimal performance of your heating system and prepare your home for the Winter season. Here are 15 tips:
- Ensure all ground mounted outdoor units are clear of restrictions like debris, clutter and weeds
- Keep pets away from the unit; pet urine can cause expensive damage
- Keep furnaces, chimneys and vents free of any obstruction. Watch out for birds, squirrels and other animals that tend to build nests in these areas.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector. Also, periodically open windows in winter to let fresh oxygen-rich air inside and let out any potential carbon monoxide.
- Do a self inspection of your home exterior to identify any cracks or gaps. Check for any air leaks or missing weather-stripping around your windows and doors and caulk those areas.
- Cover all the water pipes that run through your home with foam pipe insulation. This will make your home heating system more efficient and reduce chances of pipes freezing and bursting
- Wrap up your hot water cylinder and water tanks in roof cavity with warm insulation jackets to increase efficiency and put less stress on your boiler when the temperature dips.
- Keep your boiler on a low temperature continuously, even when you are away on a holiday or on weekends, to keep pipes warm enough and prevent freezing or pipe bursting.
- Inspect and vacuum clean air registers or baseboard radiators and keep them free of blockages like carpets or furniture to improve heat transfer.
- Power flush your radiators to remove build-up of black sludge and dirt in your old central heating system
- Check and ensure that the furnace, breakers and disconnects are turned on and running properly
- Set the boiler thermostat correctly depending on the time of year and your personal preference. The average temperature setting for the winter, it is 68°-72°.
- Inspect, clean, or change air filter once a month in your furnace and/or heat pump
- Keep your heating system lifespan guidelines in mind! The average lifetime of a furnace or a boiler is 15-20 yrs.
- Be vigilant and look for warning signs for potential problems. Warning signs include:
- Noises like crashing or banging with your furnace or strange smells
- Insufficient heating in all areas of your home
- More than usual longer time to heat up or cool down
- Rising utility bills
Our Same Day Service Heating System Check Technicians realize our handy homeowners may take matters into their own hands to try and cut costs. By doing your part to maintain your heating system, this will help save you prevent potential warning signals that require servicing.
However, for those warning signals that require a professional, we guarantee all work to be fixed right the first time or work until you’re satisfied at the most reasonable price. If you are experiencing issues as you work through the Do-It-Yourself checklist, and fear there may be a problem with your heating system, seek the knowledge and expertise of our experienced and professional heating system service technicians. Don’t wait! The longer you delay, the worse any underlying problems will get.
Contact Us to schedule a service to winterize your home: 1-888-937-3350.