Protect Your Pipes From Freezing Temps
Updated: Jan 27, 2019
Protect your pipes from freezing temperatures
Water can expand up to 10%. When our water pipes are already full the pipes do not have any give for the expansion to take place when the water freezes. Once the water in the pipe freezes, something’s got to give, and it’s usually the pipe itself, the valves, the joints or maybe even all three. An outdoor water faucet is especially vulnerable to the cold, so it’s extremely important to prep your water faucets for the winter. The heat from your home provides some safety for the pipes inside your home, Pro tip: leave your cabinets open so air better circulates around pipes closest to outside walls.
3 tips to help to avoid outside values and pipes from bursting
Close the shut-off valve for the faucet Usually inside your home around your water heater, basement or garage you have a shut off valve for you outside water lines. Disconnect your hoses Just because water is off doesn’t mean the water is all drained out. Disconnect all outside hoses and store inside for the winter. Helps to prevent damage to outside valves and damage to hoses themselves. Hoses can crack and be damaged under frozen temps. Drain the outside faucet The Last and most crucial step is to drain the line completely. Open outside value once shut off from the inside for a few minutes to ensure all water is drained out. This helps to ensure there is no access water in the pipe to expand when the freeze hits.
Going to be very cold here in Dacula Ga, or Gwinnett County this week!