We still have relatively warm days right now, but our nighttime temperatures are reaching the 30s – winter is on its way! Just about every home has plumbing pipes that are near the exterior walls and these pipes are at risk every winter for freezing, no matter how new they may be. But you can get ahead of this potential problem now by scheduling a water pipe maintenance appointment with the plumbing pros from Bell Plumbing and Heating.
The best way to get your pipes ready for cold weather is to insulate them. There are a few ways to do this, including with foam sleeves and specialized pipe insulators, but you want to make sure the job is handled by an experts for a few reasons. The first is safety. Some piping that may need insulation may be close a combustion appliance like a hot water heater or a combustion system like a furnace or boiler. You don’t want to make the mistake of putting flammable material near these items and working with a pro ensures this. The second reason to hire a pro for pipe insulation is that your expert will know which pipes need the insulation, and will make sure they are attended to properly.
We aren’t strangers to very cold weather here in Denver. If the weather gets cold enough and the pipe is exposed to cold enough air, ice can form inside the pipe. Ice is incredibly strong and expands as it develops, and this is what cracks and ruptures your pipes. It doesn’t matter if the water in the pipe is warm or cold, it will still be prone to freezing. But with proper insulation, your pipes will be protected from intruding cold air and you can avoid this problematic scenario.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you are concerned about the possibility of freezing pipes in your home this winter, call the plumbing experts at Bell Plumbing and Heating today!