If the cold weather is setting in, then you want to be sure you know how to protect your home's plumbing for those freezing nights. When the temperature outside drops below freezing, there is the chance that your pipes will also freeze. This can cause them to burst and if that happens then it will cost you in plumbing repairs and possibly cause damage to your walls, flooring, roof, furniture and personal belongings. Learn how to protect your pipes from freezing if the cold weather has quickly snuck up on you.
Protect your sprinkler system
Go around the exterior of your home and disconnect all of your garden hoses and drain the water out of them. Put them in the garage for the season for safe keeping. Turn off the timer for your automatic sprinklers.
Turn off the main water valve for the sprinkler system. This valve is usually located outside, but it can also often be located inside of the garage. Follow the instructions in the sprinkler manual for draining the pipes with the blow out system, or have a plumber come out to do this for you.
Protect your indoor plumbing system
When the weather is freezing outside, it's important for you to do all you can to keep the pipes from freezing anyway you can. The first thing you want to do is to make sure you keep the inside of your home warm. This means keeping your heater on even if you are going to be gone. You also want to make sure that warmer air can get directly to the pipes located under your sinks by keeping the doors to those cabinets open.
A good way to help prevent the water in your pipes from being able to freeze is by keeping water moving through them at all times. For this reason, you want to turn the taps on a little bit while the weather is at a freezing temperature. The water you want to have coming out the faucet should be about the thickness of a pencil lead.
This advice is going to help to keep your plumbing from freezing up on you during those colder months so you can avoid problems. However, if you do end up with a frozen pipe that bursts then you want to make sure you have a water damage restoration company, like Home Star LLC's Emergency Water Damage Service, come out to your home as soon as possible. The longer you put it off, the chances that your home will develop mold and other damages increases.