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How to prepare your pipes for the cold

POWELL, Tennessee (WATE) – As temperatures begin to drop, you might want to start thinking about winterizing your home.

“When you come in in cold weather and prepare your plumbing for the cold, you want to make sure everything is well insulated,” said Todd Keith, plumber at Hero Services. “You don’t want exposed piping leaking outside where it could freeze. Even places like crawl spaces or attics are common areas where they just aren’t properly insulated.

Keith said adding insulation in areas such as basements and crawl spaces will help maintain higher temperatures in those areas where pipes are typically located. Inside your home, he suggests opening kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.

Keith said: “You could definitely have inspections and maintenance done to make sure everything is weatherproof to make sure everything is properly insulated, make sure everything is properly installed”

“Irrigation systems are very common,” explains Keith. “So anyone who has irrigation systems needs to make sure that they have been properly winterized. You want to disconnect this ebb [preventer]. This is a very common service problem. Usually you won’t know it until spring when you go to turn it back on. The backflow is an expensive part to repair or replace if it is frozen.

Disconnecting and checking these items now can prevent problems later. Keith also mentions that you need to make sure all of your bibs are frost resistant.

“Even checking like boxes of meters. Make sure the lids are in place. Sometimes landscapers can pull them out or they snap or something, so make sure they are in place as meter freezing is another common service call we get in the cold season.

However, if you end up with frozen pipes, “turn off the water to the house and do an inspection to see if you can find the lake.” If you can’t, call a professional plumber and we can come and check.

If you plan to take a vacation and leave your home for an extended period during the cold season, the American Red Cross suggests leaving the heating on in your home and setting it to no less than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.