As the weather starts getting chilly in Northern California, it is time to start thinking about preparing your home for the winter months. While you may focus more on sealing your windows and doors to keep the cold air out, it is also important to take some precautions when it comes to your plumbing.
Let’s look at some Northern California winter plumbing precautions to keep your pipes and plumbing in top shape during the colder months.
Insulate Your Pipes
One of the most effective ways to prevent your pipes from freezing is to insulate them. You can do this by wrapping them with foam insulation or using heat tape that automatically regulates the temperature of the pipes. Focus on exposed pipes in unheated areas such as the basement, attic, or crawl space. Insulating your pipes protects them from freezing, helps conserve energy, and reduces utility bills.
Keep Your Home Warm
Another way to avoid frozen pipes is to keep your home warm, particularly in rooms that contain water supply lines. Ensure you set your thermostat to a consistent temperature, especially at night. Do not set your thermostat below 55 degrees Fahrenheit if you plan to leave your home for an extended period. Keeping your home warm helps to retain heat and prevent freezing.
Run Your Faucets
Running your faucets at a slow drip or trickle can also prevent your pipes from freezing. Moving water freezes at a lower temperature than standing water, so keeping your faucets slightly open can help circulate water and prevent freezing. While this uses a bit of water, it can be a small price compared to the cost and hassle of fixing frozen pipes.
Disconnect Your Hoses
It is crucial to disconnect any outdoor hoses as water left inside can freeze and cause damage to your faucets and pipes. Turn off outdoor water supply lines and drain your hoses before storing them for the winter. Make sure to turn off and drain your irrigation system if you have one.
Schedule a Tune-Up
Finally, we recommend scheduling a tune-up or inspection from a licensed plumber. They can help identify any potential issues or leaks in your plumbing system and recommend any necessary repairs or upgrades. A professional plumber can also help you identify any areas in your home that may be at higher risk of freezing and provide additional advice on preparing and preventing issues before they occur.
As we brace ourselves for another chilly Northern California winter, taking precautions to protect your plumbing system is important. By insulating your pipes, keeping your home warm, running your faucets, disconnecting your hoses, and scheduling a tune-up from a licensed plumber, you can reduce the likelihood of frozen pipes and the inconvenience and expense of dealing with plumbing issues. Stay warm and stay plumbing smart this winter.
Fletcher’s Plumbing & Contracting is here to help if you need California plumbing repair services. We reliably and professionally serve the entire Northern California region. Let us take care of your winter plumbing precautions so you can focus on enjoying the holiday season. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.