It’s that time of year again where we experience warm temperatures during the day and then it drops down to the 40s overnight. While it’s great for everyone who enjoys spending time outside during the day and sleeping comfortably with cooler temperatures at night, these fluctuations can be detrimental to our plumbing systems.
When temperatures change drastically, it causes pipes to shrink and expand and this phenomenon puts tremendous pressure on metal or plastic pipes. It can even cause them to burst or spring a leak. Sounds like a disaster, right? Well, here are four ways you can avoid this dreaded scenario:
Disconnect and drain your garden hoses and check hose bibs for leaks. A quick, cost-effective way to avoid major problems is to get a rag and some duct tape and wrap the rag around the spigot.
If you have a hose spigot on the outside of your home opposite the kitchen sink then be sure to remove the hose and open that outdoor faucet to a slow steady stream as that short pipe with water in it is a common one to freeze and split.
Know how to shut the water off quickly and immediately should you encounter a burst pipe - we can show you how to turn it off if you’re unsure. If you don’t have a shut-off valve, purchase a meter key from your local hardware store to shut the water off at the meter.
On nights where the temperature is forecasted to drop below freezing, open up cabinets containing pipes to let warm air in and allow the faucet to drip slightly. This will keep water moving through the line and prevent it from freezing.
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