Winter storms bring a unique set of challenges for homeowners in Forth Smith, including the risk of extreme cold temperatures. Cold weather can wreak havoc on your home’s plumbing system, causing pipes to freeze and potentially burst.
To protect your plumbing system from the cold and potential damage, Atchley Air recommends following these tips.
- Insulate your pipes: The most important step you can take to protect your pipes from freezing is to insulate them. This is especially important for pipes in unheated areas such as the attic, basement, and exterior walls. Use a thick foam insulation that covers the entire length of the pipe and seal the ends with tape or caulk.
- Keep cabinet doors open: During extreme cold, it’s a good idea to keep the cabinet doors open under your kitchen and bathroom sinks. This will let warm air circulate around the pipes and help prevent them from freezing.
- Let faucets drip: During extremely cold weather, it’s a good idea to let your faucets drip slightly. This will help keep the water moving and can prevent them from freezing.
- Keep thermostat set: Make sure to keep your thermostat set at a consistent temperature throughout the winter. This will help keep your pipes from freezing and keep your energy bills low.
- Know where your shutoff valves are: Knowing where your shutoff valves are can be a lifesaver if a pipe freezes and bursts. Make sure to locate your shutoff valves before the cold weather sets in, and be prepared to turn them off in an emergency.
Following these tips can help protect your home’s plumbing system from the cold winter weather.
If you have any questions or concerns about the condition of your pipes, contact Atchley Air for a professional inspection.
We’re here to help keep your home’s plumbing running smoothly all year.