During the winter, it can be easy to think about warming your car up in the morning or shoveling snow from your driveway, but another important winter to-do is preventing your pipes from freezing. Your Aurora, Boulder, Colorado Springs, and Denver sewer and drain pipes are susceptible to damage when temperatures drop below 30 degrees. However, there are precautionary steps you can take to keep your Colorado pipes free of problems during the colder months of the year.
For your exterior pipes there are three things you can do to make sure they do not freeze:
Make Sure Your Hot Water Heater Is Functional
Your hot water heater allows for warm water to flow through your pipes keeping them heated even when temperatures drop. Hot water passes through both interior and exterior pipes, so it is a two in one way to prevent liquids from freezing within your pipes causing frozen blockages or even complete pipe bursts.
Make Sure Your Outdoor Pipes Are Insulated
While most of your exterior pipes are probably underground, it is still important to make sure your outdoor pipes are properly insulated. Insulating your pipes is a quick process where pipes are insulated using a specific type of foam which our professionals at Affordable Plumbing, Heat & Electrical would be happy to assist you with.
Make Sure Your Valves Are Closed
Whether you own a residential, commercial, or industrial property, it is an essential to close off your open valves during the winter months. If valves or pipe openings are left exposed, the cold air can move into your pipeline in addition to allowing little critters to escape the cold, finding shelter within your pipes.
When it comes to your interior pipes, make sure to:
Keep Your Thermostat At A Consistent Temperature
One of the easiest ways you can prevent your pipes from freezing is by keeping your thermostat at a consistent temperature. Home and business owners often think it is more cost effective to turn your heater on and off, in reality, it causes your heater to do more work. When you keep your space at the same temperature it allows for your interior pipes to stay heated and keep things flowing properly.
Keep Your Cabinets Open
It may be inconvenient to do at times when you are home, but keeping your cabinets open allows for your interior pipes to stay warm. Leave your cabinets open during the day or at night, so your pipes are fully heated allowing you to do every day tasks like wash the dishes, brush your teeth, wash your hands, and more.
If you would like more information about how to prevent your pipes from freezing or would like to have your pipes serviced by a professional to make sure they are properly protected from the cold, call Affordable Plumbing, Heat & Electrical today.