With winter just around the corner, you should already be thinking about how to prepare your home for colder temperatures. That includes protecting your pipes from freezing. Frozen and burst pipes can potentially cause thousands of dollars of damage to your property, even when temperatures in Jackson, Mississippi, rarely dip below 32. Here’s how to avoid frozen pipes during the coldest spells:
Winterize Garden Hoses
Make sure you remove all garden hoses from their spigots and let the hoses drain. If you have splitters attached to the spigots, remove those too. Locate the shut-off valves for each of your outdoor spigots, and ensure they’re turned off completely. Go back outside and open each valve, letting the water drain. Keep the valves open all winter. As a result, you’ll reduce the risk of your pipes freezing during the coldest nights.
Insulate Sprinkler Systems
Because pipes can start to freeze once the outside air reaches the freezing point, don’t risk damage to your sprinkler system with the first freeze. Protect the main shutoff valve by first shutting off the water supply to the valve. Then shelter the pipes from the low temperatures by insulating them. Slip-on covers are available; you can also use foam insulating tubes or even towels.
Protect Your Pool
When winter arrives, your exposed pool pump and pipes are at risk. Therefore, you should drain the pump completely to eliminate the chance of any left-behind water freezing and damaging the equipment. Also, consider adding insulation to the machinery as another way to prevent damage from the colder temperatures.
Although these tips will reduce the risk of frozen and burst pipes this winter, they won’t eliminate it. Luckily, Dent Air Conditioning offers emergency service 24 hours a day. Therefore, you’ll never have to worry about an unexpected plumbing emergency ruining your home. Contact us at 601-912-0535 when you have a problem or if you want to schedule plumbing inspection to avoid future problems.
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