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Winterize Your Home

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Winterize Your Home

As the weeks pass by, cold weather is creeping closer and closer. If you are not a cold weather fan like me, this does not have to mean all gloom and doom. The cold weather means the upcoming of the holiday season! Don’t let cold weather freeze your pipes, and your holiday spirit, as you and your family prepare for the holidays with costumes, turkeys, and gingerbread houses!

We were able to find a wonderful article at about.com that will help you to ensure that your home will be ready when Jack Frost comes knocking at your door!

To read the article in its entirety please click here.

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The cold winter months can wreak havoc on your home’s plumbing system

if you aren’t prepared for the temperature drop. Frozen water in pipes can

be inconvenient at best and destructive at worst. As a good preventive

measure get ready for winter with this winterize plumbing checklist.

1.  Fix Leaks

Even the smallest water leak can turn into a big problem when

temperatures drop. Take the time to check all exposed pipes indoors and

out for leaks. If you wait for the water to freeze the damage to surrounding

pipes is likely to be more significant. If your pipes are insulated feel for

moisture that might have been soaked up by the insulation if there is a

hidden leak.

Frozen Pipes Broomfield

2.  Insulate Pipes

A basic preventive measure you can take is to make sure that any exposed

pipes are well insulated. To locate exposed pipes look in your attic, crawl

space, and garage. If you can see the pipe it needs to be wrapped with

insulation foam. Pipe wrap insulation is inexpensive and easy to install and

it can save you on heating costs as well as keeping your pipes protected. More »

3.  Swamp Cooler

An evaporative cooler, also known as a swamp cooler, is another source of

water that needs to be drained before winter. To winterize your swamp

cooler turn off the water and power to the unit first. Drain the water out of

the cooler and the water supply line to the unit as well. This is a good time

to clean the interior and change the pads. Finally, cover the swamp cooler

with a cover or tarp to keep it dry over the winter months.

4.  Pump House

Prevention and planning are key for a smooth winter season when your

water comes from a well. Proper insulation of the pump houses can keep

pipes from freezing. For added protection it is important to insulate any

exposed pipes in the pump house. A heat source is also needed to keep the

temperature of the pump house above freezing.

Frozen Pipes Wesminster

5.  Outside Hose Bibs

Protecting the hose bibs and pipes from the cold is very important. Start by

removing any garden hoses that may be connected to outdoor faucets. By

removing garden hoses you ensure that water doesn’t stay trapped in the

hose bib where it can freeze and damage pipes. Drain any water the hoses

may have in them before storing. Protect garden hoses by storing them in

the garage or shed during winter.

To protect hose bibs from the cold you can drain collected water and

insulate them. In places where temperatures drop significantly every

winter many homes have dedicated shut off valves for outdoor hose bibs or

faucets. If you happen to have a shut off valve you can turn the water to the

hose bibs off. You will then need to drain any water that is already in the

pipes. This can be done by opening the hose bibs and letting the water

drain completely. If you don’t have a shut off valve you can protect hose

bibs and outdoor faucets by insulating them with hose bib covers. Hose bib

covers are inexpensive and easy to install. The insulation that these foam

covers provide will keep the hose bibs from freezing. More »

6.  Sprinklers System

The pipes of your irrigation system are a likely place for water to collect

and then freeze in cold weather. To winterize your sprinkler system turn off

the water and flush out any collected water by turning on each valve. More »

7.  Locate Your Water Main

Lastly you should be sure to locate your water main in case of an

emergency. Should you be faced with a burst pipe due to freezing you’ll

want to be able to shut off the water quickly to minimize damage.

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We also wanted to provide you with a quick tip of our own in case of frozen pipes in your home.

If you notice that you have a frozen pipe but it has not yet burst you may be able to thaw it out by yourself. An interesting fact to know is that pipes do not break at the point of the freeze. They break somewhere down the line where the water pressure is building up because it can not get past the freeze. Because of this it’s important to thaw the pipe as soon as possible if you can get to it. Click here to be taken to the Frozen Pipes page on our main website which has detailed instructions on how to thaw out your own pipe at home. The instructions are located toward the bottom of the page.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to give us a call at 303-465-1900.
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 *Stickley, Aaron. “Checklist To Winterize Plumbing In The Home.” About.com Home. About Home, n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2015.

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