Frozen pipes may seem like a problem reserved for the more northern parts of the country during winter. This is not true, though. Frozen pipes can and do happen in Arizona, with all of the issues that go with them. Water expands in the pipe when it freezes, damaging it and possibly even rupturing it. There are a couple of different steps that you can take to make sure that your pipes are properly protected this winter. Have a look below.
Open Your Outdoor Pipes
Without the presence of water in the pipes, they won’t be susceptible to freezing over. Cut off the flow of water to any outdoor faucets, open them, and leave them open. This will drain most of the water out of those pipes, and the small amount that’s left will not be enough to cause damage. Of course, if you need to use any of these pipes this could become inconvenient quite quickly. Still, it’s worth it if you don’t have to schedule pipe repair or replacement over the winter.
Insulate Vulnerable Pipes
Not all pipes are equally susceptible to freezing. Pipes in the more well-insulated and heated parts of the home will not be likely to freeze. Pipes in crawl spaces and basements, however, tend not to be nearly as well-insulated. It is these pipes that need a bit of help to defend against freezing. You probably need these pipes, so turning off water flow and draining them isn’t an option. Instead, you should either buy pipe insulators or wrap towels around the exposed pipes in these areas.
The Sunny Plumber offers plumbing services throughout Phoenix, AZ. If you need plumbing services of any kind, call today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert plumbers. We’ll make sure that your plumbing system serves you well this winter.