Whether you own a home or business, the fear of frozen pipes each winter is real. The issue is a significant inconvenience and can wreak havoc on your property. The good news is that are ways you can prevent your pipes from freezing, even when experiencing sub-freezing winter temps. Here are three tips to help you avoid frozen pipes and pumps this season:
#1: Insulate Pipes
When it comes to plumbing pipes or sump pumps, keeping the pipes warm is the most effective way to prevent freezing. Insulate problematic plumbing pipes with fiberglass or foam rubber sleeves, which will keep the pipe temperature closer to the water temperature inside them.
For a sump pump, bury the end of the discharge pipe underground beneath the frozen ground and then use heavy-duty tape to cover any exposed pipe sections. If you have a sump pump in the basement, keep the temperature high enough to prevent freezing.
#2: Water Drip
Another way to prevent pipes from bursting in below-freezing temperatures, allow water to drip, by running a faucet.
#3: Schedule Pipe Maintenance
This winter, the easiest way to prevent frozen pipes is to schedule professional maintenance before the cold season begins. The experts will handle all the necessary seasonal maintenance tasks to get your pipes ready to go for the coldest months of the year.
Contact W.P. Law for all your pumping and piping needs.