Is your heating ready for the winter season? At Air Plumbing & Heating Solutions, we know no one enjoys frozen pipes or a broken hot water heater in the dead of winter. If you want to keep your plumbing system operating smoothly all winter long, follow these winter plumbing tips to ensure you don’t have any problems.
Winter Plumbing Tip #1: Avoid Frozen Pipes
Frozen pipes are one of the most common winter plumbing repairs we get at Air, Plumbing & Heating Solutions. When it’s really cold outside, let lukewarm water drip from your faucets overnight. Because moving water can’t freeze, sometimes all it takes is a little running water to keep your pipes in good shape. If your pipes DO freeze, call an expert at Air, Plumbing & Heating Solutions—we know what to do to avoid more serious complications like burst pipes or water damage.
Winter Plumbing Tip #2: Get Good Insulation
If your house isn’t insulated very well, take the time and money to insulate now. Insulation benefits not only your heating system but also your plumbing! Insulation keeps pipes from freezing, which can lead to long-term problems. Also, keep your thermostat on at least 55 degrees—even when you’re not home. Let temperatures drop too much, and you risk exposing your pipes to the harsh winter chills.
Winter Plumbing Tip #3: Watch Out For Snow
Make sure snow isn’t restricting your water drainage. If the drain is blocked, you could have problems with your sump pump drainage line, causing indoor flooding. The best thing to do is when it snows, clear the area around the drain with a shovel before the snow starts melting. Don’t risk ruining your home and other belongings—call Air Plumbing & Heating Solutions if you think this is the cause of your flooded basement!
Winter Plumbing Tip #4: Get An Inspection.
We like to think the best repair is good prevention. Before the winter season kicks into full gear, contact Air, Plumbing & Heating Solutions for a full inspection. We’ll notice right away if you have a leaking pipe, a pipe that could get frozen this season, or a broken water heater.
Looking for other tips to keep your plumbing in top shape year-round? Consult with one of our certified technicians-we’re one of the best Baltimore plumbing companies in town!
What Should I Do When I Have Frozen Pipes?
This winter, you could have frozen pipes. If you’ve experienced this winter plumbing problem before, you know frozen pipes are annoying and costly. While preventing frozen pipes from happening is ideal, there are some measures you can take when disaster strikes. If you’re in the Maryland area, try these plumbing tips for frozen pipes—and don’t forget to call us for all your winter plumbing needs.
What Are Frozen Pipes?
Not sure what frozen pipes are? A frozen pipe is a pipe that has been immobilized because caving has settled around the pipe’s exterior. In layman’s terms, ice has developed around the pipe, preventing the flow of water. Frozen pipes are more common in colder months when temperatures drop and water is more likely to freeze. Call Air, Plumbing & Heating Solutions if you think you’re home has frozen pipes this season!
Frozen Pipe Prevention
The best way to treat frozen pipes is to keep them from happening:
- Insulate your pipes—Even if temperatures plummets, rest assured your pipes won’t experience this change in weather.
- Seal air leaks –This will keep cold air from traveling around your pipes. Cold air leaks are one of the most common reasons pipes freeze.
- Wrap your pipes—Whether you opt for heat tape or heat-controlling cables, wrapping your pipes in either of these substances will stabilize temperatures throughout the year and prevent frozen pipes.
Frozen Pipe Tips
If your pipes do happen to freeze, call us immediately! We have all the tools and techniques to fix frozen pipes—fast. Keep these tips in mind when you call us:
- One indicator of frozen pipes is that faucets that don’t spout any water. If this happens, keep your faucet turned on and then call us.
- Don’t use electrical appliances near areas of standing water. You’ll get electrocuted!
- Don’t try to thaw the pipe yourself. This could be a fire or electrical hazard. Your safety is our utmost concern, so call us before you try to fix this plumbing problem yourself.
- A frozen pipe can lead to a burst pipe. If your pipe has already burst, shut off your home’s main water valve. This will help prevent water damage.