Winters in Ohio can be frigid. One of the most problematic tasks is keeping pipes from freezing and bursting during the long winters. Winterize pipes now so you can avoid the mess and expense as the temperatures drop. Taking the following precautions will help keep your pipes from freezing.
Insulate exposed pipes
Any pipes that are in a basically unheated area should be wrapped in electrical heating tape and then insulated with foam jackets made for pipes. This is especially important for any pipes along outside walls.
Unhook and drain hose faucets
Unhook any hoses from outdoor faucets and shut off the water servicing those faucets. Turn on the faucet briefly to drain any water that remains inside. If possible, these faucets can also be insulated.
Let water trickle
When the temperature starts to drop, turn on the inside faucets so that a very thin trickle of water is running at all times. The constant flow will help keep the pipes from freezing.
As you winterize pipes, consider leaving the indoor temperature at no lower than fifty-five degrees at any time. Open any cupboards, such as under sinks, to allow the warmer air to reach those hidden pipes.
If the house is going to be empty for the winter, consider shutting off the water supply completely and making sure all the pipes are drained. This will prevent the water from turning to ice and expanding to burst the pipes.
Insulate your water heater and keep the air in that area at at least fifty-five degrees, or at least block any wind that could cause the temperature to drop.
Keep drainage areas unblocked
Snow and ice can block the drainage of water and sewage, causing it to freeze. Consider covering the area with some type of shelter to block snow from settling in this area.
The professionals at Stack Heating & Cooling understand the special needs those in the Greater Cleveland area have during the long winters. Let us answer your questions and keep your home warm and comfortable throughout the winter, and every other season.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about winterizing pipes and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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