Prepare Your House To Avoid Winter Plumbing Problems
If you live in an area where temperatures drop below
freezing for long periods of time, during the winter months, you had
better prepare your plumbing pipes or suffer the consequences. How can
you prepare your house to avoid winter damage, once these temperatures
drop below 32°F or 0°C?
One of the best ways to prepare your house is to have enough information about your house plumbing system. You should also have enough information, just in case there is a home emergency. Remember that a little bit of education can goes a long way, especially when it comes to your home.
You and your family should know where the water shutoff valve is to the home. Anyone that's capable of turning the water off should know where the water shutoff valve is located. In the event of an emergency, no one will need to panic and the situation should be easily resolved.
What do you do once temperatures drop below freezing? Most houses have a water drainage valve that you can use to drain all of the water from your water supply system. Again, you will need to understand how the water system works, before you open this valve up.
Before you open it the drainage valve off, the water supply valve to the house will need to be shut off. I'm just going over the basics here, but the main point that I would like to make about preparing your house to avoid winter plumbing pipe problems, is to have an informed family.
Your family should know where the water supply and the water drainage valves are, just in case there are any problems. A little bit of information can save you and your family a lot of money in the future. Make sure that your family understands the home water system. This would include, water heaters, water supply pipes, water drainage pipes, sinks, bathtubs, showers, toilets, dishwashers, boilers, heating systems and drainage traps.