If you reside in a region that gets freezing weather, your water pipes are in danger of freezing in the winter. What is the big deal about frozen pipes aside from the fact that you can not flush the toilets, brush your teeth, or have a shower? When water freezes, it expands that could cause the pipes to burst! And burst pipes lead to significant water damage and expensive repairs.
Due to the danger of significant water damage to your house, it pays to protect your Pipes & Fittings (which is also known as “ท่อและอุปกรณ์ ” in the Thai language )from the risks of freezing temperatures. Below are some tips to protect your pipes from winter weather:
Insulate all exposed water pipes by wrapping them in pipe insulation. Focus on pipes in unheated areas like the attic, garage, and basement.
Learn how to shut off electricity, gas, and water in their main source in addition to any local shutoff valves.
When the temperatures drop below freezing, keep your thermostat set to at least 55 degrees, even when you’re away from home.
Caulk the entrance points of any pipes where they enter the house. In the winter, close ventilation vents in the base to minimize cold drafts.
Drain and remove external hoses before winter weather arrives. Shut off any different valves for outside faucets and drain those pipes by turning on the taps.
For outside hose bibs without separate shutoff valves, insulate the pipes. Shut off the water source to the outside sprinkler systems.