For those who have lived in Utah for more than a few winters, we know the potential risks of a big snowstorm. The prepared among us will take steps to get ready anytime there’s a really big storm on the horizon, and one area that’s often included in this preparation is home plumbing.
At All Hours Plumbing, our plumbers can help prepare you for the next big storm. Here are a few important areas to be sure you’re considering.
Insulation and Circulation
Big storms bring the risk of a lack of general warmth and circulation, which can lead to several possible plumbing issues. Be sure to locate any pipes that are found in open areas, such as in crawl spaces or attics or even along walls, and insulate these pipes beforehand. In addition, open cabinet and closet doors to help circulate warm air for areas with pipes behind them.
Preventing Frozen Pipes
If you have any pipes that are beginning to free, soak towels in hot water and then wrap them around the coldest section of the pipe. There are also other warming tools you can use here. Another way to prevent frozen pipes is by turning the faucets on just enough to create a slow drip.
All adults and even some older children should know where the home’s main shutoff valve is when a big storm approaches. If a pipe bursts or another major emergency takes place, shutting this valve off is the first and most important step.
Large amounts of water from snowfall put the sump pump to work, so take time before the storm begins to ensure that yours is in good working order.
Going on Vacation?
If you’re leaving town during a period of time where a big storm is expected, take a couple basic temperature concerns to heart. Leave your heat on at at least 55 degrees or higher to prevent issues from cropping up while you’re gone.
For more on preparing for the big storm, or to learn about any of our plumbing services, speak to the pros at All Hours Plumbing today.