You should always get your plumbing and HVAC equipment inspected before the winter. Cold weather and heavy precipitation can damage your entire plumbing and air conditioning systems. It’s important to practice winterization to prevent your pipes from freezing during this blistering cold season.
Frozen pipes can cause leakage, clogged drains, and tremendous water damage in the process. Additionally, this will hamper the building’s entire electric heating system as well. Any cold, dry climates can create a humidity issue, which may result in combusted air. This can expose your pipes to carbon monoxide leaks, which will hinder the quality of your building’s airflow.
Fortunately, all these issues can be prevented through a series of winterization protection strategies. Here are some of the best methods to practice during a winter prep:
Beating the Freeze:
Freeze protection is a very critical action plan. This is the blueprint that keeps your cooling towers, air chillers, and economizer systems functioning at the highest levels. These are your functioning basin heating system. It will keep your temperature controls intact and ensures that any exposed water will be properly condensed and heated.
Before a blanket of cold weather covers over your piping system, make sure to practice these protection strategies:
- Drain out all the water from the sprinkler systems and swimming pools.
- Remove all connected hose systems from outside.
- Close all open water valves. Make sure they are sealed tightly.
- Keep all garage doors closed, especially if there is a water line in the garage.
- Let cold water drip from the faucet line when the weather is cold.
- Install a water condensing line and a carbon monoxide monitoring system.
Thaw Frozen Pipes:
Your water lines can freeze much faster than you might expect. The first sign of cold air will attach to the building’s exterior walls and creep into the piping system. When this happens, it’s important to thaw out all your pipes. By using a freeze protection thermostat, you are able to keep your foundation at an appropriate temperature. Here’s how it can be done:
- Turn on your faucet and let all the water trickle out of the sink.
- Keep the hot water running to melt any ice through the pipe.
- Using a hair dryer or space heater, apply heat to the exterior of the pipes (make sure you keep this away from any flammable materials).
- Keep heat applied on the faucet until full water pressure is completely restored.
- Repeat this process on every other faucet with a frozen pipe.
Call A&G Piping to Prepare for the Winter
Want to ensure that your pipes are prepared to withstand the cold, winter weather? Call the experts at A&G Piping to set up a free plumbing inspection. With our help, we’ll make sure that your piping system is well-conditioned.