Serving Salt Lake City, UT, and surrounding areas
In Utah, we are fortunate to experience all four seasons and each season brings certain home maintenance and repair jobs along with it. For winter with its freezing temperatures, it’s time to weatherize pipes to avoid frozen pipes that tend to crack or burst.
Winter Pipe Weatherization
Here are some DIY actions you can take to prepare your pipes for the freezing temperatures of winter.
- Drain all sprinkler systems.
- Disconnect all exterior hoses, turn off the shut-off valves, drain the lines, and cover the host bibs with insulated faucet covers.
- Cover all pipes in unheated areas such as the garage, crawl spaces or unfinished basement with foam insulation. You can find pre-molded foam insulation for most pipe sizes.
- Keep cabinet doors open in the kitchen and any bathrooms to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
- During extreme cold, turn on a steady stream of cold water in the home at a faucet that is the furthest from your water meter.
When water turns to ice in pipes it expands, often cracking or actually bursting the pipe. If you catch a frozen pipe early, try wrapping the frozen spot with a warm towel for slow thawing. If your pipes already show signs of cracking or you can’t get the frozen spot unthawed, it is best to call your plumber. Damage from a burst pipe can result in a flood, potentially damaging your belongings and even compromising the structural integrity of your home or business.
Vacant Homes and Buildings
If you have a second home where you can escape winter for a sunnier climate, make sure the water main to the house is shut off. Take this action if you are only leaving for a weekend in the dead of winter as well. Make sure you drain the pipes by running out the remaining water in your taps and toilets. Don’t forget to shut off the gas or electricity to your water heater if you will be gone for an extended time.
At Towers Murray Plumbing, we are here to help you winterize your home if you need a hand and we are experts at repairing broken pipes. If you have any questions, we are happy to answer those as well.
If you need help with a leaking pipe you can call us at (801) 266-3529