As the freezing temps creep in to the Arkansas River Valley, it’s essential to prepare your plumbing system to prevent potential damage from freezing temperatures. When temperatures drop, the water inside your pipes can freeze, causing them to burst and leading to costly repairs. With these simple do-it-yourself tips from the experts at Atchley Air & Plumbing, you can safeguard your plumbing and avoid the inconvenience of burst pipes this winter.
Here are some easy yet effective measures to protect your plumbing system:
Insulate Exposed Pipes: Identify any exposed pipes in unheated areas such as attics, basements, or crawl spaces. Use pipe insulation sleeves or wrap them with towels, foam, or heating tape to provide extra insulation. This helps retain heat and prevents pipes from freezing.
Seal Cracks and Gaps: Seal any gaps or cracks near pipes that allow cold air to enter. Use caulking or insulation to seal these openings, particularly in areas where pipes enter your home.
Keep a Drip: On exceptionally cold nights, allow faucets connected to vulnerable pipes to drip slowly. This continuous flow of water can prevent pipes from freezing by relieving pressure in the system.
Maintain a Consistent Temperature: Maintain a consistent temperature throughout your home, especially during cold spells. Keeping the thermostat set to a constant temperature, even when you’re away, can help prevent pipes from freezing.
Disconnect Outdoor Hoses and Shut Off Outdoor Water Sources: Before the first freeze, disconnect and drain garden hoses. Shut off outdoor water valves and drain any water from the outdoor lines to prevent them from freezing and bursting.
Open Cabinet Doors: For pipes under sinks in the kitchen and bathrooms, open cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
Be Prepared: In case of an extended power outage during freezing weather, have a backup plan. Consider having a portable generator or alternative heating sources to keep your home warm and prevent pipes from freezing.
Remember, prevention is key when it comes to protecting your plumbing during winter. By taking these simple precautions, you can hopefully save yourself the hassle and expense of dealing with frozen or burst pipes. Stay warm, stay prepared, and let us help you keep your plumbing system in top shape!
If despite your best efforts, you encounter any plumbing issues or suspect that a pipe has burst, it’s crucial to act quickly. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the expert team at Atchley Air & Plumbing for immediate assistance. Our skilled technicians are equipped to handle burst pipes and any plumbing emergencies promptly. Give us a call at (479) 207-6862 or click here to schedule an appointment online, and we’ll ensure your plumbing system is back in working order in no time.