Prevent a Burst Pipe in Your Home
While winter approaches, now is the time to take the necessary precautions to prevent burst pipes in your San Jose home. There are several preventive methods homeowners can take to avoid damages associated with frozen and linking pipes.
It is very important to protect the pipes outdoors, including the water supply lines and hose connectors.
The interior areas, such as the attic, basement, garage and kitchen also need protection. Whether the pipe is made of plastic or metal, ensure it is properly insulated to prevent bursting.
Recommendations to Protect Outdoor Lines and Pipes
Professional plumbers recommend precautions to homeowners for protecting water sprinkler, swimming pool, main water supply and Jacuzzi pipes and lines.
The pipes and lines should be drained before freezing cold weather occurs. If there are hoses, make sure the water is drained properly and store in the garage or portable storage.
The values must be closed after all water is drained from the pipe. Homeowners who are unsure where the outdoor lines and pipes are located on swimming pools and Jacuzzis are advised to contact a licensed and reputable local plumber.
How to Protect Exterior Lines and Pipes of the Home?
The first thing San Jose homeowners need to do to protect exterior lines and pipes of homes is to perform an inspection. Areas of houses, such as the attic and basement require insulation of hot and cold water pipes and lines. The benefits of efficient insulation are reduced energy bills and prevention of burst pipes.
An expert plumber is able to help homeowners locate the areas of houses that need the most protection. For prolonged protection, the plumber may suggest insulation products, like heat tape or pipe cover to protect pipes.
Precautions to Take When Temperatures are Extremely Low
When temperatures are below freezing, keep the thermostat set at the same temperature 24 hours daily. If the homeowners are going to be away from home, set the thermostat at a temperature above 57° Fahrenheit.
During freezing cold temperatures, leave the cabinet doors open in the bathrooms and kitchen to allow warm air circulation near the pipes to the sinks. Also, leave the water dripping slowly from the faucets to prevent pipes from freezing and causing water damages throughout the house.
Be prepared before the winter by performing a thorough inspection of your home to locate all water lines and pipes, indoor and outdoor. Contact a licensed plumber to perform the inspection and ensure the necessary precautions are taken to protect your pipes from bursting during the winter months.
Avoid a costly pipe burst with these key tips! Call Genmor Plumbing Inc. at 408-215-4612 for repairs in your San Jose, CA home.