Nobody likes to think about the impending ice or snow, but if you’ve got running water access outside of your home, it’s time to do some housekeeping! While those spigots may work swimmingly right now, they won’t be when ice freezes up in them, causing the pipe to split and leaving you with a lovely surprise come spring!
We know you’ve got a lot of winterization to do, but don’t panic. Taking care of exterior plumbing is easy. Below, we’ll detail how to ready your outdoor water piping for the colder weather ahead.
Disconnect and Drain
Broadly and generally, this is the phrase you should keep in mind while going about your winterization duties. Leaving hoses connected to hose bibs, for example, provides a nice highway for ice to get in the pipes if you leave the water on and it freezes overnight. Pipes connecting to hose bibs, if not drained, can have similar detrimental effects.
Unscrew all hoses and store them in a warm space for the winter, and drain the pipes if you have a separate valve with which to do so. If you must have water access outside in the winter, make sure to use your hoses quickly; this prevents frozen pipes. Completely drain them once finished.
Check Out Your Hose Bibs
Hose bibs actually don’t have much to do with your hose when it comes to winterization, but they have everything to do with the pipes behind them! Your hose bibs provide water access from your plumbing system to your backyard. You hook hoses to them, as their name suggests.
Before calling winterization quits for the year, do a thorough visual inspection of where these devices meet your exterior wall. Are things airtight? If not, you leave your plumbing work vulnerable to cold winter breezes which can easily cause freezing. Spray-foam insulation works well to seal up any holes, and it’s a cinch to apply, making hose bib care an easy and satisfying task to check off your to-do list.
Outdoor Spigots or Faucets Require Special Water Piping Care
If you live in a rural area or have an outdoor kitchen, you may have spigots for watering animals or an under-pergola sink for cooking. Because these fixtures are immovable, they’ll be left outside all year to weather the elements and thus require a little extra winter prepwork, potentially from a pro.
Besides draining pipes you’ll no longer be using, heat tape, faucet covers, and foam insulation can all be pipe-saving tools. Making sure the area is as sheltered from cold winds as possible also helps.
P&D Mechanical: Your Partners in Water Piping Winterization
Our professional toilet repair, water heater replacement, and plumbing work team has all the skills needed to shore up your home’s winter defences. Give our Robbinsdale office a call today at 763-533-2218.
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