Top 5 Tips for Winterizing Your Home
One: Caulking Holes near Interior and Exterior Water Pipes
Our customers need to winterize a property’s plumbing fixtures before cold winter temperatures begin by squirting liquid caulking into holes around pipes. The liquid caulking in plastic tubes with application tips is inexpensive to buy at many online or brick-and-mortar stores to fill the crevices and holes on the exterior and interior of a building. This substance is easy for homeowners to apply on a warm day before it is too cold for the caulking to dry.
Two: Wrap Water Pipes with Insulating Tape
While buying liquid caulking at a hardware store, also look for insulating tape to wrap around pipes to help prevent burst metal in the winter as water freezes and expands. Begin by wrapping this tape around the pipes located outside near a building’s foundation or beneath a building in its crawl space. Homeowners should apply the tape to all exposed pipes to avoid emergency service calls for moisture leaks throughout the winter.
Three: Drain a Building’s Pipes and Valves
In unused areas of a home or on its exterior, drain the valves and pipes to remove water from the plumbing systems. This quick household chore removes water from plumbing fixtures to avoid expansion that can cause metal or plastic devices to burst. Use a bucket to collect the moisture instead of permitting it to run under the foundation of a building where it can cause damage.
Four: Open Heating Vents in a Building
To ensure warm air circulates properly throughout a building in the winter, open vents in every room and space, including basements and attics. There are pipes inside a building’s walls and ceilings that can freeze as temperatures drop, leading to cracks that leak small drips of moisture that can damage drywall and wood paneling. Homeowners may need to augment the heating in a home with space heaters on the coldest days of winter to prevent water pipe problems.
Five: Have Leaking Pipes Repaired Immediately
Our plumbers are available to repair small leaks in pipes located in homes before winter to prevent water damage. A tiny hole or crack in a pipe will begin to degrade rapidly during cold weather, leading to an emergency situation as water pours from the device to flood a home. We recommend a professional plumbing maintenance checkup in the autumn to avoid problems during a snowstorm.
Winter is nearly here! To get the best advice on winterizing your Las Vegas home, call Anytime Plumbing, Inc at 702-362-9300 today.