Come winter, your pipes may be in danger. The pipes that carry water through your home can fall victim to cold-related damage, leaking, or bursting as temperatures start to drop. You can take steps to prevent your pipes from suffering from this kind of damage. Pipe insulation, for example, is a tool that can insulate your pipes from the worst of winter weather.
The Benefits of Installing Pipe Insulation
Pipe insulation, as the name suggests, is insulation that goes around your pipes to keep them safe from the outside temperature. Most pipe insulation is made of foam or other types of insulating material. These pipes take up only a little extra space in your crawl space or basement while ensuring a measure of protection between said pipes and the rest of the world.
Preventing Freezes Throughout Your Home
Pipe insulation does a lot of work to keep your pipes from leaking or breaking, but it’s not perfect. You can easily pair pipe insulation with behavioral changes or other home additions to ensure your pipes continue working throughout the worst of local winter weather.
Some of the best ways to protect your pipes from damage in addition to installing pipe insulation include:
Dripping Your Water Lines
If it seems like the temperature in your area is about to take a dive, drip your lines through the bulk of the night. Dripping your lines, which is the process of allowing a little bit of water to drop into the sink on a regular basis, isn’t necessarily wasteful. Rather, it forces water to continue moving through your pipes, where it might otherwise freeze and cause home damage.
Maintaining a Consistent Temperature Inside of Your Home
If you’re worried about your energy bill this winter, you may be tempted to let the temperature inside your home drop. Unfortunately, this is both uncomfortable and bad for the health of your pipes. You’ll want to do what you can to keep your home at a consistent temperature throughout the winter. This way, your pipes will deal with less flux, and they’ll be more likely to resist damage that might otherwise result in leaks.
Scheduling Any Home Maintenance Repairs Before Winter Sets In
If you know for a fact that your home’s taken on damage in the spring, summer, or fall, then you’ll want to do what you can to schedule home repairs before the worst of winter sets in. While you can repair your home in the winter, the presence of snow and freezing temperatures can easily exacerbate any damage that you’re already contending with, making those repairs more extensive and expensive.
Contact the Technicians in Your Area
Have you been dealing with leaking pipes for too long? Has the water pressure around your home dropped even as your water bill has continued to rise? If so, you may be dealing with winter-related piping problems. The good news is that you don’t have to try and tackle these problems on your own. Instead, you can reach out to the certified technicians serving Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads.
These parties can help you assess the damage that your home’s taken on and determine what kind of repairs your property needs. This process includes assessing your pipes’ need for pipe insulation.
The technicians at A1 Sewer & Drain can provide you with a quote detailing both what repairs you may need and how much installing pipe insulation throughout your home may cost. Afterward, you can take all the time you need to consider the quote and determine what kind of investment you want to make into the overall security of your home.
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