Winterize Your Plumbing In Vancouver WA By Henco Plumbing Services

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Winter Plumbing Preparation

Avoid Damage To Your Plumbing By Winterizing Your Plumbing

In the Vancouver WA area we’ve experienced colder weather during the last few winters. Many homeowners were caught unprepared for the harsh effects of cold damp weather and the long term effects of snow and ice. Several homes experienced damage to plumbing, including hose bibb breakage, broken leaking pipes in walls, ceilings, and especially under the home crawl space. Here are some ideas about what you can to ensure your home plumbing continues to function properly while remaining safe from winter damage. Winterize plumbing – Yes, you should winterize your plumbing, although we frequently do not suffer through weeks of snow, ice, and freezing temperatures in Vancouver. Just a few days of freezing weather can damage your plumbing.

The following information comes from Hayes Plumbing of Canada. They really experience cold weather, so if you follow all the tips they offer, your plumbing will definitely be safe during the winter months.

Preparing Your Plumbing For Cold Weather

With the cold weather now officially here across Ontario and the temperatures dropping as a result, homeowners must now be proactive in preparing their home for the coming depths of winter. By closely following the guidance of professionals, homeowners can protect their plumbing systems and ensure optimal performance throughout the winter. In this blog, we’ll look how to prepare plumbing for cold weather.

Insulate Outdoor and Exposed Piping

Colder temperatures pose a significant danger to pipes. That’s because the water within pipes can freeze and expand, causing the structure to crack and eventually break. For those with piping that is exposed to the elements in uninsulated areas such as crawlspaces and attics, it’s important to insulate the piping to prevent the pipes from freezing. Professionals can help complete this work by wrapping pipes in electrical heating tape and then insulating them.

Fix All Leaks in the Home

During the wintertime, even the smallest of leaks can lead to an expensive problem. It’s important that homeowners take the time to review their property to check for any sign of leaks before the temperatures drop. Homeowners with insulated pipes should check the insulation for moisture that might have been soaked in after a hidden leak in the system. Any leaks detected should be immediately resolved to help protect against long-term structural damage to the property.

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This video from This Old House shows a few steps you can take to winterize your plumbing, saving you serious expense and lifestyle disruption caused by winter damage.

If you read the comments assosicated with this video you will find some rather technical comments about winterizing. Certainly every home is different and climate varies across the U.S. (and the entire world). We feel that providing the greatest amount of winterizing for your climate is the most prudent method for avoiding damage to your plumbing system.

Here’s more information from Tiger Plumbing about preparing your home for winter weather. Notice there is a trend here, basically you should “prevent” damage rather than “repair” damage after it occurs.

Prepare Your Plumbing For The Cold Weather!

Summer has taken its last breath, but we all know that the cold days of winter will be upon us soon. When the cold weather blasts the majority of Illinois, homeowners brace themselves for both plummeting temperatures and soaring heating costs. Beyond the higher energy costs, cold weather can also bring additional expenses in the form of frozen pipes and clogged drains, causing problems with plumbing. Here are some simple tips for insulating your pocket book against cold weather costs.

Protect Outside Faucets

Prevent exterior pipes from breaking by protecting your outside faucets. Detach all exterior garden hoses and insulate the faucet against frigid weather. Also insulate any exterior pipes that are exposed. Tiger Plumbing offers a variety of winterizing options for your outside faucets and pipes. . . .

Prevent Clogged Drains

One staple of the holidays is all of the home cooking and fatty foods. The drains and pipes of your home can take a beating during this time and the cold weather solidifies the fats, resulting in a higher incidence of clogged drains. Steer clear of drain problems by avoiding putting grease, oil, and hard to dissolve foods (such as potato peels) down the drain or through the garbage disposal.

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Retrofitting winter weather prevention like pipe insulation and wall insulation is easier said than done. However, the consequences of winter plumbing damage can be severe. If you have any questions or concerns about your current home plumbing winterization, call us at 360-773-8039 to set up an appointment. We will provide you with a complimentary and thorough inspection plus recommendations for improving your home’s plumbing weatherization. We will also provide you with a comprehensive and accurate estimate for any plumbing weatherization project we perform for you.

Plumbing weatherization is necessary in almost all areas of the U.S. and Canada. We know this for a fact, having started our career in the very cold state of North Dakota. Here’s more from our friends at Angies List who have some tips about plumbing weatherization.

5 Plumbing Winterizing Tips

Follow these steps to winterize your home plumbing before the cold sets in.

Contrary to popular belief, pipes don’t burst at the point where water freezes, but somewhere between the freeze and a closed faucet, such as the kitchen faucet or washing machine. When the pressure builds due to ice blockage, it has nowhere to go but through the pipe walls, leading to extensive water damage. Winterize your home plumbing, stop frozen pipes before they happen and prevent expensive water damage by properly insulating the plumbing pipes in your home.

1. Pipe insulation
Your pipes are more susceptible to freezing damage when temperatures drop to 20 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Pipe insulation provides your first line of defense against cold temperatures and frozen pipes. If you live in an area where these winter temperatures are the norm, take extra caution when adding pipe insulation. For example, in Denver, the average low temperature is 23 degrees Fahrenheit beginning in November, and temperatures can drop into the teens in the months that follow. For pipe winterization, add a thicker layer of insulation around your pipes.

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