The Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting colder than normal temperatures for the south-east this winter. Which means it is very important to take the necessary steps to protect your home’s plumbing from winter-related damages. The Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I) provided four simple steps to take this fall to avoid winter related plumbing damages, like frozen pipes bursting in your basement or front yard.
- Keep the house warm. Set the thermostat for at least 65 degrees, since the temperature inside the walls, where the pipes are located, is substantially colder-a lower temperature will not keep the pipes from freezing.
- Check the pipes. Look closely for cracks and leaks and have the pipes repaired immediately. Wrap exposed pipes with heating tape.
- Install an emergency pressure release valve in your plumbing system. This will protect against the increased pressure caused by freezing pipes and can help prevent your pipes from bursting.
- Learn how to shut the water off and know where your pipes are located. If your pipes freeze, time is of the essence. The quicker you can shut off the water or direct your plumber to the problem, the better chance you have to prevent pipes from bursting.
Fall is the perfect time to take preventative steps to protect your plumbing.