Winter Plumbing Tips

Posted Friday, March 06, 2015

Avoid plumbing problems with these cold-weather tips …

  • Know the location of your water shut-off valve and test it annually.

  • Turn off outdoor faucets and disconnect the hoses. You will thank yourself in the spring.

  • Insulate water pipes that may be vulnerable to the cold or have caused problems before. Pipes close to exterior walls or in unheated basements can be wrapped with pieces of insulation.

  • But if a pipe freezes, it is important to be prepared. Do not wait for nature to take its course. Thaw the pipe as soon as possible or call a plumber for help. If you thaw the pipe yourself, shut off the water or test the shutoff valve. You do not want water suddenly gushing from the pipe when it thaws.

  • Remember: When thawing, slower is better. Pipes warmed too fast may break. A hair dryer trained at the frozen area of the pipe is appropriate. A blow torch is not.