Now that we’re experiencing cooler overnight temperatures in the Denver-area, here are some winter plumbing tips from the master plumbers at Bell Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electrical:
If a pipe bursts , you won’t want to wait for someone to help you locate the water shut-off. In most single-family homes, the shut-off valve is in the basement or crawl space near the water heater.
Make sure the faucet and outside piping is fully drained. Many homes have an inside valve that will shut off the water flow. Disconnect the hose to assure that freeze-proof faucets will drain.
Freezing and thawing cycles can create cracks and weak spots in the sprinkler system, triggering underground leaks or min geysers. Make sure you properly drain your sprinkler system before the cold hits to preserve your lines! Unsure of how to drain your sprinkler system? Give Bell a call for help.
Pipes close to exterior walls, unheated basements or near windows can be wrapped with insulation. For difficult pipes, consult Bell on how to install heat tape for pipes, as improper use can cause fires. Insulation and heat tape do not guarantee that pipes will not freeze. Monitor them during cold weather. Learn more about the importance of properly insulating your pipes here!
Water heater manufacturers suggest flushing your water heater every year to get rid of sediment build-up inside of it. Minerals from water can solidify on the bottom and sides of your water heater and, unless flushed out, can cause your water heater to fail. While this is not strictly a winter effort, it’s good to get this on your calendar of to-do’s.
If you don’t already have one, consider installing a freezeless faucet. Water trapped inside the faucet may cause the faucet to freeze and break. A freezeless wall faucet (Anti-burst) will protect your home from freeze damage.
If you’re unsure if your home is ready for winter, call a plumbing company you can rely on to make sure! Our Denver area plumbers have years of experience preparing Colorado homes for winter, you can count on us!
Contact Bell Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, and Electrical to install a freezeless faucet and get $75 off your service visit!