Prevent a Burst Pipe in Your Home
Cold weather is notorious for causing havoc on pipes. It is very important that you do some small things to help winterize your home before the freeze zone sets in.
It is not something that is difficult although if you don't feel comfortable doing these things yourself you can always call a Tacoma professional.
For a fee they would be more than happy to come out. So the first tip is to make sure you keep an eye on the weather as it heads from summer into fall and especially the later part of the fall.
In some parts of the country it freezes sooner. You just never know, so it is better to be prepared. So you want to make sure this is taken care of before if drops below 32 degrees F. If you wait too long your pipes risk freezing.
Shut Off Water To The Outside
The outside of your house is the area where you need to be extra careful. You need to make sure that any hoses from both the front and back of your house are detached. Next you need to turn off the water shut off to the outside of the house. It is most often in the basement or utility area. If you don't problems can be caused.
Now not all house have proper outdoor water shut offs. If the house you live in does not you need to call a professional right away. The expense you spend having a plumber come out and install a shut off valve is much cheaper than having a pipe burst which has the potential of wrecking the house.
Leave The Heat On During All Winter Months
As professional plumbers one of the worst things we see is when someone spends months during the winter elsewhere, snowbirds. Those that fly to Arizona in the freezing winter months of the Midwest.
They assume that because they live elsewhere that they can turn off the heat in the home. Yes you can lower it but turning it off can have damaging affects. We have seen people need to replace every piece of drywall in their home due to making this horrible mistake. They just didn't think.
So do what you can and protect your Tacoma home from the dangers of frozen pipes. Having a plumber come out and install a water shut off and leaving your heat on during the winter months is comparatively cheap compared to redoing your entire home.
Avoid a costly pipe burst with these key tips! Call All Purpose Plumbing at 253-473-5100 for repairs in your Tacoma, WA home.