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As the seasons change from summer to fall, it's time to start thinking about winter home maintenance tasks. While you are working to clean up the yard and winterize your lawnmower, you also want to make sure that your plumbing pipes and connections are also ready for colder temperatures. Make sure you follow these guidelines to make sure your pipes do not freeze, burst, or leak this winter.
1. Make sure pipes are insulated.
Each fall, you should go through the house to make sure the pipes are all properly insulated. Pipes that run through walls already have insulation from the walls, but exposed pipes are more likely to freeze and burst. You find exposed pipes in basements, especially basements that aren't finished, garages where the pipes run through to exterior plumbing fixtures (such as a garage sink), or inside cabinets or bathroom vanities. Simply wrapping the pipes in a layer of insulation can prevent water freezing in the pipe, especially in areas where the fixture is not frequently used.
2. Plan to leave the water running.
If you decide to go on vacation or even away for the weekend to visit family during winter holidays, you should leave commonly running at a bit of drip. There's no need to have water running fully, but a steady drip can keep water moving, which is another way to combat unwanted freezing in the pipes.
3. Keep your indoor temperatures under control.
Another thing to remember is that your indoor temperature should be warm. Even when you leave the house, the temperature should remain mild. Interior pipes rely on the heat of the home to stay warm enough to prevent water from freezing. When the home is no longer warm, the risk of a burst or cracked pipe from ice build up or expansion is higher than ever. Even when you're going away for several days, keep your thermostat cooler than you might normally, but at least twenty degrees higher than freezing.
4. Disconnect hoses from outdoor spigots.
Finally, something that some homeowners overlook is the importance of disconnecting garden hoses from outdoor spigots that run from an indoor water source. If you leave the hose attached, the water in the hose freezes and expands, moving back toward the spigot and causing damage. When you turn the water on again in the spring, the spigot can leak inside the house because the seal preventing water from back flowing have broken from the pressure of frozen water.
If your pipes do burst, contact local pipe repair services for help.