During freezing temperatures, open cabinet doors where plumbing is located on exterior walls: This will allow a better chance for the heat from the room to convect to the pipes inside the wall. (Please ensure the safety of children and pets prior to using this method.)
Winterizing Tip #4:
“Heat Tape” is another inexpensive way you can “winterize” your own home with just a quick trip to your local hardware store or home center!
“Heat Tape” comes in different shapes, sizes & lengths but basically is a cord that when energized creates resistance heat.
Think of a rope wrapped around pipes that you plug-in like your electric heating blanket.
Winterizing Tip #3:
Remember to insulate your outdoor hose-faucets (hose bibbs) & irrigation systems.
Remove any garden hoses from the faucets and cover the faucet with something that will insulate & protect it from freezing temperatures.
Almost every home center and hardware store sells products made specifically for this.
Winterizing Tip #2:
Turn off the water to exterior hose faucets.
Turn clockwise to shut-off your water valve.
Sometimes this can be tricky for two reasons:
First: do you know where the valve is?
Second: the valve may not work so you may be in a vulnerable position.
Winter is upon us! The weather will inevitably bring freezing temperatures that have the potential to cause havoc on plumbing systems!
Time to winterize. “Winterizing” means: to adapt or prepare something for use in cold weather.
Every year around this time, plumbers are called-out to urgent situations resulting from frozen plumbing.
Let me assure you, the vast majority of freeze-damaged plumbing is completely avoidable.
1) Close or block-off your foundation vents: The foundation vents are circled in red. Winterizing Tip #1 is to close or block them off.
From our neighbors across the river in the City of Vancouver, WA – here’s a primer on lead in drinking water:
“…lead in drinking water comes primarily from materials and components used in household plumbing. The more time water has been sitting in pipes, the more dissolved metals, such as lead, it may contain. Elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially in pregnant women and young children.
To help reduce potential exposure to lead: for any drinking water tap that has not been used for 6 hours or more, flush water through the tap until the water is noticeably colder before using for drinking or for cooking. You can use the flushed water for watering plants, washing dishes or general cleaning.
Use only water from the cold water tap for drinking, cooking and especially for making baby formula. Hot water is likely to contain higher levels of lead. If you are concerned about your water, you may wish to have your water tested.”
Information on lead in drinking water is available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791 or www.epa.gov/safewater/lead
Ti Sutherland, Master Plumber – Sutherland Plumbing, LLC (CCB# 200460)
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