If you’ve been fortunate, you’ve never experienced a pipe burst in your home. The damage goes way beyond draining the water and sopping up the mess. You may be dealing with destroyed carpeting, documents that have dissolved into pulp, and a bath ring that encircles your entire basement. If you were on vacation when it happened, you may have to deal with warped floorboards, destroyed furniture, and wallboard that dissolved into mush.
Avoid disaster by checking out these 4 ways to winterize your home’s plumbing.
Drain Outdoor Spigots And Remove Hoses
Pipes within your basement or crawl space that lead to outside spigots are vulnerable to splits and bursts, particularly if they’re connected to undrained hoses. Water remaining in those hoses can expand as it freezes and push through to the inside of the house, causing pressure that’ll crack open the pipe.
As the temperature drops and you no longer need your hose to water the yard or wash your car, drain the hoses and remove them from the spigots. For further insurance, shut the inside valve and drain the water in the pipes that lead to those spigots, especially if those pipes reside in an unheated basement or crawl space.