Cold weather is the most dangerous for pipes located outside the house, but also for those inside unheated interior spaces. People who have dealt with a frozen pipe know that the damage can affect large areas near the damage, and that the repairs can be very expensive.
The pipes that are most vulnerable to low temperatures are those installed in exterior non-insulated walls. Equally in danger are the water supply pipes in unheated areas of the home, the irrigation system, or the hose for supplying the exterior water systems.
To prevent pipes from freezing, established plumbers in Denver recommend an inspection before winter, to make sure that they are in good condition, as well as some maintenance to protect them in the cold season.
- Check the pipes located in the unheated spaces of your home, such as the attic and cellar, and insulate each segment separately. If they are already insulated but you notice small cracks in the insulation system, apply polyurethane foam to seal them.
- If you have a water basin, do not forget to empty it and drain the water from the sprinklers or in the supply lines. Similarly, the hoses and the exterior water installation must also be emptied.
- If you are going to be away from home for a long period of time, turn off the water supply and the water heater. After you turn off the power, open a tap and wait for all the water to drain from the pipe. This way, regardless of the temperature, you prevent the pipes from freezing and you do not risk returning home and having to repair the damage.