Many folks find themselves out in the cold when it comes to winterizing home plumbing systems. Often they fail to act until it is too late and they are facing emergency repair bills to restore their service. Winterizing home plumbing provides many benefits to both you and your budget. Aside from saving you the expense of costly home repairs due to a burst pipe, it can also reduce your monthly utility bills during the frigid days of winter.
Prevents Plumbing Damage
Pipes left unprotected during winter face the possibility of freezing. This is especially true for exterior plumbing pipes or those found in areas of your home void of insulation such as crawl spaces and some attics. Once a pipe freezes, if you are lucky, chances are you will be left without running water or experience extremely low water pressure. However, less fortunate homeowners have learned the hard way that a loss of service is the least of their worries. This is because as water freezes, it expands. When water freezes inside your plumbing, it can potentially crack, rupture or burst your plumbing lines, which often means calling in your local plumbing contractor to restore service.
Prevents Water Damage
Eventually, the frozen pipe will thaw, and when it does, the water will flow again. If the pipe suffered any of the damage mentioned above, you may have water flowing where you do not expect it, inside walls, ceilings or even under your house. Water damage to your home can be a costly endeavor. Not only do you face replacing floors, baseboard, trim and drywall, but also the potential of mold and mildew growth, which is a known health hazard.
Saves You Money
Aside from saving you the expense of emergency plumbing and home repair bills due to water damage, winterizing home plumbing can also save you money on your monthly utility bills. Insulated plumbing experiences less heat loss than non-insulated plumbing and this holds true for your water heater as well as it will work less to provide you with hot water during the winter months.
You can avoid the perils of frozen plumbing by contacting a licensed plumbing contractor and scheduling a home plumbing inspection. They know firsthand the damage a burst pipe can cause to your home, as they are usually the first responders during a plumbing emergency.
For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.