It’s vital to winterize your plumbing and pipes to prevent expensive damage and flooding as ice thaws. The process of winterizing plumbing and pipes varies depending on whether the house will be unoccupied throughout the coldest months, or whether the occupants of the house will be able to maintain the plumbing throughout the winter to prevent freezing and bursting pipes.
If your home will be unoccupied throughout the winter, it’s best to call in a professional to drain your water tank(s), drain all plumbing lines, and put anti-freeze in plumbing fixtures throughout your home. If water remains in the pipes, it can freeze, expanding and cracking the pipe behind the wall or under the flooring. This is a problem in itself as it will require expensive repair and replacement of that section of plumbing, but the real problem will occur when the water begins to thaw, flooding between walls, into flooring, drywall, floorboards, and carpeting. Contacting a professional to insulate your pipes, winterize your plumbing, and even check on your home throughout the winter while you’re away is worth the expense, as it provides the value and peace-of-mind that you will not return in the spring to find standing water, mold, and water damaged walls, cabinetry and flooring.
Pipes located near exterior walls, windows, or far from heated spaces are the most vulnerable, so even if you remain in your residence throughout the winter, freezing pipes can still occur. Contacting a professional to insulate your water tank and pipes is a good idea in order to feel confident that even though you are home, pipes which may be exposed to freezing temperatures have been secured. Winterizing also includes ensuring that your crawl space is kept as warm as possible. Placing coverings over vents to prevent the intrusion of freezing air can help also.
Schedule your winterize services today. Pioneer will send a licensed contractor, and/or a certified technician to winterize your home, ensuring that your property is as secure and energy-efficient as possible. Contact us by email or call now 541-639-4880