During the Colorado winter months, when the temperature drops below freezing in Boulder, pipes that are located outside your home or in unprotected areas become prone to freezing. Any pipe that freezes can burst. Not only is it inconvenient, it can also translate to an expensive repair.
Luckily, you can prevent freezing pipes and costly damage that comes with them by taking some preventive measures. Follow these tips to prevent your pipes from freezing this winter.
Unhook the garden hose
Before the temperature in your Boulder home drop below freezing, we recommend that you disconnect water hose from the outside spigot. This should be a part of your regular seasonal maintenance.
Wicked winter weather can cause your garden hose to freeze. Water inside the pipe expands when it freezes. This puts a tremendous pressure to the pipes and throughout the plumbing system. Eventually, this causes an interior pipe to burst.
A lot of people do not realize this, but the pipes in your home also need protection during the winter. Use foam-rubber pipe insulation to protect your pipes from the cold. Even a tiny opening can let enough cold air in, causing the pipes to freeze. Make sure there are no gaps and that the foam insulation fits tightly.
Keep in mind, though, that this alone does not prevent your pipes from freezing. Rather, it just helps in slowing down the rate of heat transfer.
Leave the cabinet doors open
If any of your sink is located against an outside wall, the pipes underneath the sink are at risk of freezing. This is because they don’t insulate really well. Keep your pipes warm by opening the cabinet doors. This will allow the warm air inside the house to get to the pipes under the sink and prevent them from freezing.
Additional preventive measures
If you are taking a trip this winter, be sure to take additional preventive measures to protect your pipes from freezing.
Call Paradigm Plumbing and have a plumber check the system. It is also a good idea to drain the pipes. Shut off the main water supply and then flush the toilets and open all faucets. Let the water flow until the pipes are emptied. This will greatly reduce the possible damage, no matter what happens to your plumbing system while you’re away.