If you owned a home or business in the state of Texas during February 2021, you probably dealt with some plumbing issues in the wake of historic Winter Storm Uri, the deep freeze that left most of the state frozen and without power for nearly a week. While this coming winter may not be quite as dramatic, there are several precautions every home and business owner can take now to mitigate disaster when the temperature drops. Structures built for Texas heat are often left uninsulated and in peculiar places. When water freezes, it expands, which produces pressure within pipes, which causes costly damage and plumbing repairs. Winterizing your plumbing ensures your home is ready for the freezing temperatures..
Hire A Licensed Plumber to Winterize Your Plumbing
After the winter storm hit Texas, the state’s board of plumbing examiners took drastic measures to increase the number of licensed plumbers in the city. Now that there are more qualified plumbers, one needs to take greater precautions when hiring a plumber in Bonham, TX. Ensure their license is up-to-date from the board’s website.
Insulate Water Pipes
If your home was constructed before 1990, there’s a high chance that your water pipes run below or above the insulation, if there’s any insulation at all. This can be a problem, since exposed piping is susceptible to bursting when it freezes over. Consider scheduling plumbing services to increase your home’s energy efficiency and make your plumbing better equipped to face the harsh conditions of winter.
Locate Your Main Shutoff Valve
In most cases, main valves in Texas are placed away from the property. It’s important to be aware of where your main valve shutoff is. Store the valve key in an accessible spot. That way, when you hear of impending freezing conditions, you can shut off the system. Remember to run all the faucets to drain water from the pipes to reduce the need for hiring emergency plumbing.
Replace Attic and Foundation Vents while Winterize Your Plumbing
Cold air is an enemy of your water pipes. This is why we recommend that you survey your home’s perimeter and seal all openings where the winter air can possibly enter. Unsealed doors and windows are an obvious problem and should be averted. Missing vent covers should also be taken care of. Enlist the help of a reputable plumbing company for such matters.
Dusty Underwood Plumbing and Septic is experienced and ready to help with repairs, maintenance, replacement and other plumbing services. Contact us today and let us help you winterize your plumbing.
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