Frozen pipes are absolutely a problem in Arizona during the winter. It also happens to cause quite a bit of damage to plumbing systems where it’s allowed to occur. As the water in the pipes freezes and expands, it puts pressure on the walls. Eventually, this can lead to pipe ruptures. Read on for some tips on how to protect your pipes from freezing this winter.
Preparing Outdoor Pipes
If you have any pipes that lead to outdoor faucets, and you’re not going to be using them during the winter, there are a couple of steps you can take to prevent them from freezing. First, cut off all water flow to those pipes. Then, open the faucet and leave it open. This will drain the water from the pipes, with any left over being insufficient to freeze them completely. You can leave the faucet open all winter without worrying about any damage being done to the pipes from freezing.
Insulate Exposed Pipes
Not all pipes in your home are equally susceptible to freezing. The pipes that run through the middle of your home, surrounded by insulation and possibly even heated floors, are very likely not going to freeze no matter how cold it gets outside. Uninsulated pipes, though, like those you would find under your sink, are far more likely to freeze. There are a couple of different things you can do to protect these pipes. You can buy pipe insulating sleeves specifically designed to protect them. If you don’t want to do that, though, you can also wrap the pipes in towels to provide a bit of protection.
The Sunny Plumber offers comprehensive plumbing services throughout Tucson, AZ. If you need plumbing services of any kind, call today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert plumbers. We’ll make sure your plumbing is ready for winter.