Temperatures are getting ready to drop below the freezing point in our Sacramento and Foothill communities. Prevent freezing and subsequent bursting of pipes by following the suggestions below.
You should have all exposed pipes covered with foam insulation, especially those pipes in crawlspaces or attics. Pipe insulation can be picked up at your local hardware store or box store. This provides you very affordable security.
For outside hose-bibs always disconnect any garden hoses before the cold hits. Hose-bib cocoons are insulated shells that in-case the outside hose-bib and do the job. Installing a freeze proof hose-bib assembly is a more effective option, but probably better left to the plumbing professional.
If you have to leave, set the thermostat no lower than 55 degrees & notify your neighbors to keep a look out for your house.
Finally, new technology offers many options for automatic emergency shut offs & leak alarms, which can save you thousands of dollars and major headaches.
Preventive maintenance is always the best measure. But it’s not too late! Here’s how to keep your pipes from freezing:
By taking these precautions your home will be ready to withstand the cold. Remember if you have a plumbing emergency, Crystal Blue Plumbing, Heating & Air is available 24 hrs 7 days a week! Call us anytime at (916)-577-5020.