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Prepare For The Winter Storm Headed Your Way!

January 12, 2024 | Blog

Mathews CCAC’s Winter Plumbing Tips

When the chill of winter sets in, it’s crucial to ensure your home’s plumbing system is prepared for the cold. At Mathews CCAC, we’re committed to helping you safeguard your home against the harsh winter weather.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll provide you with essential steps to protect your plumbing and avoid the common mistakes of the season.

Winter brings a unique set of challenges to your plumbing. The dropping temperatures can cause water in your pipes to freeze, expanding and potentially leading to bursts, resulting in costly damages and inconvenience. Being proactive is key to avoiding these winter woes.

Comprehensive Winter Plumbing Preparation

As the cornerstone of winterizing your home, comprehensive plumbing preparation is essential. Mathews CCAC brings you a step-by-step approach to ensure your plumbing system is robust and ready for the cold months ahead.

Insulate Your Pipes Thoroughly

The most effective way to prevent frozen pipes is insulation. Pipes in unheated areas like basements, attics and external walls are particularly vulnerable. We recommend using high-quality foam insulation that snugly fits around the pipe, sealing the ends with durable tape or caulk to keep the cold out.

Keep Your Home Warm And Welcoming

Maintaining a consistent indoor temperature is not just about comfort — it’s critical to protecting your plumbing. Keeping your thermostat set to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit, even when you’re not home, ensures that your pipes remain safe.

The Trick With Dripping Faucets

Allowing your faucets to drip slightly during extreme cold can prevent water from freezing within your pipes. This constant flow, even minimal, helps reduce the pressure buildup in the pipes and can be a simple yet effective technique to avoid freezing.

Advanced Winter Plumbing Tips

For those looking to go the extra mile in safeguarding their home, our advanced tips provide deeper insights and strategies. These additional measures by Mathews CCAC can help fortify your home against even the harshest winter conditions.

Seal The Cracks And Openings

Inspect your home for any cracks or openings where cold air might seep in and come into contact with your plumbing. Sealing these gaps with caulking or weather stripping is an easy fix that can make a significant difference.

Preparing Outdoor Plumbing

Outdoor plumbing fixtures need special attention during winter. Insulate outdoor spigots and hose bibs, and make sure to drain water from garden hoses. If you have an irrigation system, consider having it professionally drained and shut off.

Emergency Preparedness: Know Your Shutoff Valves

In the event of a frozen pipe that bursts, quickly shutting off your water can prevent major flooding and water damage. Familiarize yourself with the location and operation of your home’s main water shutoff valve.

Recognizing A Water Leak From A Frozen Pipe

Detecting a water leak caused by a frozen pipe early can be crucial in preventing extensive damage to your home. Mathews CCAC offers guidance on how to identify these leaks and what immediate steps to take if you suspect a frozen pipe is causing issues.

  • Unexpected water marks — Keep an eye out for unexplained water stains on your walls or ceiling. These could indicate a leak within the walls.
  • Unusual sounds — Listen for dripping or running water when all taps are turned off. This could suggest a leak in a place you cannot see.
  • Low water pressure — A sudden drop in water pressure when using your faucets can be a sign of a leak in your plumbing system.
  • Ice on pipes — Visible ice on exposed pipes, especially in unheated areas like basements and attics, can be a telltale sign of freezing.

If you notice any of these signs — especially during freezing weather outside — you may have a water leak caused by a frozen pipe.

Immediate Actions If You Suspect A Leak

  • Turn off the main water supply — To minimize water damage, immediately shut off your home’s main water supply if you suspect a leak.
  • Inspect the area — If safe, inspect the area for any visible signs of burst pipes. Be cautious of potential water damage to your home’s structure.
  • Call a professional — Contact Mathews CCAC or a professional plumber immediately. Quick professional intervention can prevent further damage and costly repairs.

Understanding these signs and knowing how to react can save your home from significant water damage. Mathews CCAC is here to help with any concerns or emergencies that arise from frozen pipes.

Specialized Services From Mathews CCAC

For peace of mind, consider scheduling a professional inspection with Mathews CCAC. Our experts can assess your plumbing system’s readiness for winter and perform any necessary maintenance or repairs.

Every home has its unique plumbing needs. At Mathews CCAC, we offer customized solutions to ensure your plumbing system is optimally prepared for winter. Whether it’s additional insulation, pipe upgrades or specific repairs, we’ve got you covered.

Trust Mathews CCAC For Your Winter Plumbing Needs

Winter’s arrival doesn’t have to bring plumbing worries. With Mathews CCAC by your side, you can rest assured that your plumbing system is ready to withstand the cold.

Our expert advice, coupled with professional services, ensures your home remains safe and comfortable throughout the winter season. Contact Mathews CCAC today to get your plumbing winter-ready and enjoy a cozy, worry-free winter!

Follow these steps to ensure a cozy winter for everyone. Don’t forget to bring in plants or cover them during frost and keep pets warm and cozy indoors.

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