- From your pipes to your plumbing fixtures, it’s important to be prepared
- If your pipes freeze, there’s a good chance they will burst and flood your home
- A constant trickle of water can help keep the pipes from freezing
As you know, it can get very cold here in Salt Lake City and Park City. Extremely cold temperatures or temperatures that stay below freezing for an extended length of time, can wreak havoc on your plumbing. From your pipes to your plumbing fixtures, it’s important to be prepared.
Here are some tips to help you prepare your home for frigid temperatures:
Protect Your Pipes
If your pipes freeze, there’s a good chance they will burst and flood your home. This can result in a lot of damage and costly repairs. To keep your pipes from freezing, make sure you insulate your pipes. You can use heat tape or insulation sleeves to wrap your pipes up against the cold.
It’s also important to make sure that your heating vents are not blocked and warm air flows freely within your home. To help the warm air reach all the nooks and crannies of your home, open the doors of your cabinets and closets. The circulation of warm air through your home will help keep your pipes from freezing.
Another good rule of thumb is to leave on any faucets connected to pipes that may be exposed to the outside or extreme cold temperatures. A constant trickle of water can help keep the pipes from freezing.
Before winter sets in, it’s important to turn off your hose bib and remove your outdoor hose. You should also close and drain the water valves that lead to the outside.
If you are planning a vacation or won’t be in town for winter, it’s important to keep the heat in your home turned on. You should set it at 55 degrees or higher. Keeping your home warm is the best thing you can do to protect your plumbing and pipes.
In case the cold gets the better of you and your pipes freeze and burst, it’s important to shut off the main water valve. As a general rule, everyone in your home should know where the main water shutoff valve is.