During mild Florida winters, temperatures rarely get anywhere near freezing, but when they do, it can spell trouble for your pipes. Remember these tips when you need to keep pipes safe in the event of abnormally cold winter weather.
1. Disconnect outside water sources – Remove water hoses and outside equipment that’s connected to your home’s water lines. Shut off any valves that lead to outdoor water sources. Fixtures that lead outside are the most susceptible to freezing.
2. Winterize your sprinkler system – If you rely on a sprinkler system to keep your lawn hydrated in the warmer months, make sure that it’s properly winterized. All the water should be drained from it, and it should be disconnected from the water source so it won’t sustain damage in the cold.
3. Have a plan – Familiarize yourself with your home’s plumbing system now so you’ll know where you stand in case of an emergency. If you notice pipes beginning to freeze or leak, you’ll know how to turn off the water at its source to stop a disaster in its tracks.
4. Adjust your thermostat – It’s wise to keep your thermostat set to at least 55 degrees when you’re away from home. This will keep the pipes in your home at a safe temperature so they won’t freeze while you aren’t around. If you must be gone for an extended period of time, ask a friend or neighbor to periodically check in on your house to make sure things are safe and sound.
5. Insulate your pipes – Perhaps the most foolproof way to protects your pipes from the cold is to insulate them. Pipe insulation is affordable and relatively easy to install, and it should be applied to pipes that may be exposed to cold air such as those in the basement and attic.
To speak with an expert about how to keep pipes safe during the winter, please contact us at Aqua Plumbing & Air. With nearly 40 years in the business, our dedicated team has solutions to all of your home plumbing and HVAC needs.
Written by John Miller