Winter brings a lot of challenges. It makes commutes tougher. It makes taking the dogs out for their walks tougher. Heck, it makes getting out of bed in the morning tougher. All that being said, it is easy to overlook some of the worst challenges that winter has to offer, including those affecting your plumbing system. You’d be remiss to do so, though. Why? Because if you wait for problems to take hold, you’re already in a world of trouble!
Today, we are going to be talking about the classic conundrum that plumbing systems face in the winter season. You guessed it: frozen pipes. Is there a way to guarantee that you’ll never run into problems with your plumbing pipes freezing? Unfortunately, no. Is there a way to make that risk as minimal as possible? Fortunately, no.
There’s not “a” way—there are plenty of them! Read on for tips regarding winter and your plumbing in Des Moines, IA.
Yes, the Water Trickle Is Effective. No, It’s Not a Waste of Money or Resources.
You have almost certainly heard it suggested to keep a little bit of water trickling at the taps in order to avoid frozen pipes in the winter. The environmentally and budget conscious homeowners among us can have a difficult time in accepting this suggestion. If you ask us, however, it really is all a matter of perspective.
We don’t consider this water to be wasted, nor do we see it as paying for water that you’re not actually using. True, the water is not being used in the normal way—washing hands, filling the tub, etc. However, it is being put to use in order to prevent pipes from freezing. If you ask us, that’s less of a waste than letting a ruptured pipe leak everywhere is!
It May Look Strange, but…
Leave your cabinet doors and drawers open. Yes, we know it looks strange. That’s how we started this section of the post, remember? But the fact is that it can mean the difference between frozen pipes and those functioning normally. That’s worth a bit of an odd look on those extra cold days, right?
You heat your home to keep warm and comfortable. By keeping these cabinets and drawers open, you allow heated air in your home to circulate around pipes passing through those areas that would otherwise be chillier than your living space. That can be enough to prevent ruptures due to freezing.
Insulate Your Pipes
It’s easy to do, and it doesn’t cross the line into those plumbing services that aren’t appropriate for DIY enthusiasts. Just go out to the hardware store, but some pipe insulation that will fit around the exposed pipes that you intend to insulate, and cut it down to size.
It’s simple and effective, like the best preventative measures tend to be! Don’t let cold areas leech heat out of your pipes and cause problems with your system at large.