January and February are typically the coldest months here on the Central Coast, check expected temperatures and keep these cold weather plumbing tips in mind.
Indoor temperature is an important factor on keeping pipes from freezing. Even if you will be leaving for extended periods keep your thermostat set to no lower than 55 degrees.
If temperatures are to drop below freezing, create a slight drip from your faucet. This will keep the water moving slightly and even if it freezes will help to keep the pipe from bursting.
Use caulking or a spray foam to seal exterior cracks and holes around the outside walls and foundation of your house to prevent the cold from contacting the pipes.
Open the cabinet doors to add more warmth to the pipes under your sinks that are on exterior walls.
Insulate all exposed exterior pipes and interior pipes that are located in your garage, attic or other unheated areas.
Use insulation tubes made of polyethylene or fiberglass available at home supply and hardware stores to wrap your pipes. Take extra precaution with pipes that have been recently repaired or have frozen in previous years, as these pipes are more susceptible to temperature damage. It is also very important to know where your main water valve is and how to shut it off. Sometimes a special tool is needed and should be kept handy in case of a burst pipe accident. Being prepared in case of this type of emergency could save you thousands of dollars in damage. If you need any help winterizing your home give Jerry’s Plumbing & Heating a call, we are here to help!