When the weather outside is freezing, understandably, you want to do all that you can in order to keep you and your home as warm as possible. Well, when it comes to winterizing your house, one thing that you definitely should not forget to do is take care of your plumbing. Aside from the fact that it is what gives you the warm and hot water that you need, if your pipes end up freezing, they could burst and that could end up bringing a real “chill” to your budget.
So, if you’d like some easy plumbing winterization tips, we have provided you with five really effective ones below:
Conduct an energy audit. Something that everyone should do to prepare their house for the winter weather is conduct an energy audit. Not only will it help you to detect if you have any drafts, if you need new insulation and if your appliances should be serviced, but it can also reveal where any water leaks are as well. And being that the wintertime brings with it lots of rain, ice and snow, that is a good thing to know. For information on how to conduct your own audit, visit The Daily Green and put “DIY energy audit” in the search field.
Get a tankless water heater. If your water heater is more than 10 years old, then it’s definitely time to have it replaced. Our recommendation? Get a tankless water heater. Being that it is designed to only heat up when you need hot water, not only does that extend the life of the heater itself but it also saves you money on energy costs too.
Change your furnace’s filter. Another thing that you should do that is not directly plumbing related but can certainly affect how your plumbing works is changing your furnace (and HVAC unit’s) filter. If you don’t make a point to do this every 60-90 days, it can cause your furnace to clog up, which could end preventing the rooms in your house from getting the proper heat that they need. And when there’s no warm air, that’s one way to potentially freeze up your pipes. This brings us to the next point.
Change your washing machine hoses. Here’s something that you can do that you may have never considered: You can change your washing machine hoses. The reason why this is a good idea is because if they have not been changed within the past five years (and if you can’t remember the last time that you changed them, that’s probably the case), they are subject to rupture; you definitely do not want that to happen during the winter season.
Insulate your pipes. If you were to consult with a plumbing services company about something that you should do to winterize your plumbing, something that they would probably recommend is that you insulate your pipes; especially the ones in the basement. The good news is that you can do it yourself with some fiberglass and foam. For information on how to insulate your own pipes this winter, visit DIY Network and put “how to insulate pipes” in the search field.