Taking the precautions to winterize your plumbing is an essential step every Baltimore homeowner must make to keep their house warm and comfortable during the harsh winter months. Frozen pipe-water can quickly turn from an inconvenience into a downright disaster, with expensive repairs attached. So read on as Farnen &Dermer explain the necessary precautions to adequately prepare your plumbing for winter.
The first major step towards winterizing your plumbing is to fix any leaks. Even tiny leaks can turn destructive if your pipes freeze so take the time to examine any exposed pipes, particularly those outdoors for signs of leakage. A frozen pipe with a leak will not only worsen, but will also damage the surrounding plumbing. You can examine insulated pipes for signs of leakage by squeezing the insulation and looking for signs of dampness.
Wrapping and exposed plumbing in pipe insulation will not only effectively winterize them by preventing damage from freezing but will also save energy on your water heater bill. Check your attic and basement for uninsulated pipes and get to it! There’s no need to worry about the costs as plumbing insulation is inexpensive.
Winterize Hose Bibs
Protect you’re the external faucets outside of your Baltimore house by disconnecting any hoses and draining them of any water. This ensures water trapped in the house wont freeze inside the bib and damage the pipe. Then make sure to drain the bib itself, turn off the bib shut off valve (if you have one, not all Baltimore homes do), and wrapping the bib in insulation or a hose bib cover.
Drain Sprinkler System
Leaving water in your Baltimore home’s sprinkler system is sure way to make sure that it won’t be functioning come springtime. Make sure to drain the system by turning off the water and turning on each sprinkler valve. You can additionally winterize it by wrapping any exposed piping or covering sprinkler heads with insulation.
Know Where Your Water Main Is
In the event of an emergency, for example if your pipes have frozen despite other precautions, you need to be able to quickly shut off the water main to prevent pipes from bursting. An experienced plumber can help you show where this is and explain how and when to shut it off.
Farnen & Dermer
At Farnen & Dermer were more than happy to talk to you and help you winterize the plumbing in your Baltimore home, as well as provide any additional plumbing, heating, or HVAC information and service. Farnen & Dermer is located in Central Maryland, and we provide service, repair, and maintenance to customers throughout the state. The services we provide will not only ensure your heating unit operates at peak efficiency; they will also keep your family warm during the winter, and your electric bill manageable. If you have any questions about how to winterize your plumbing or wish to schedule an appointment, call us at (410)-902-0020. You can also use our online contact form. You will be contacted by a member of our support staff within 24 business hours.
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