The cold weather is rearing its ugly head throughout Toronto, and that means it is time to give your pipes a little extra TLC to ensure they’re ready to handle these abnormally low temperatures. You certainly don’t want to face the cold weather unprepared. The tips below are a few that can help get the pipes in your home ready for the cold weather that’s just around the corner. Use them, and you can avoid hassles, calls to licensed Toronto plumbers, and a lot of unnecessary expenses.
Check for Leaks – And Repair Them Now
Repairing a leak upon discovery saves money and may prevent bigger problems from developing within your pipes. Don’t assume that a small, pinhole leak is no big deal. Even a pinhole leak can cause you hundreds of dollars in wasted water annually. When winter weather strikes, those leaks can cause the water to freeze, resulting in busted pipes and other damages. Check for leaks now and call the pros for repairs if any are discovered.
Have a Look Outside
If there’s garden hoses attached to your outside spigots, drain and remove them now. You’ll protect the garden hose, as well as the pipes from freezing. It’s a good idea to wrap all the outside spigots in a protective insulation for added protection.
Along with garden hoses, now is the time to drain and cover your pool and any other summer water items that you won’t be able to use for some time to come. These things are all freezing dangers if not removed now.
Insulate the Pipes
Insulating all the pipes in the home that are exposed to outside elements is also an ideal solution to frozen pipe prevention. Insulation is inexpensive and easy to wrap around the pipes, almost voiding the risk of freezing altogether. This is a project that you can complete yourself, or have an experienced plumber complete.
Winterize the Home
Don’t stop with the pipes. For full winter protection throughout the home, ensure that you block drafts that can cause freezing and other damages to the home. Blocking drafts from attics, basements and crawl spaces is ideal.
Turn on the Faucets
Watch the weather and ensure that you leave the faucets dripping a steady stream of cold water when temperatures drop to 32 degrees C or below. When there’s water flowing through the pipes, they won’t freeze, and you’ll save money and headache.
Maintaining a consistent room temperature is also important to keep pipes working properly. It is ideal for your home to be a consistent 55 degrees C or better at all times during the winter months to prevent pipes freezing.
It takes only a little added effort to protect the pipes and winterize your home to prevent frozen pipes and other damages. Use the above tips to help protect your home -and the bank account- from damage this winter. It pays off to prevent problems before they occur.