Winter is around the corner and it is the smart time to winterize your plumbing. Forecasters don’t expect another Snowmaggedon this season, but you never know what to expect in Texas. As a home or business owner, you can save yourself a lot of expense and trouble later by preparing your home or business now before the temperature drops.
- Insulate Water Pipes: Water pipes generally run above or below the insulation in the attic in houses built prior to 1990’s. These can freeze in icy weather. Pipes in the crawl space under a pier and beam foundation, and those on a North-facing outside wall also have exposure to freezing cold. Water in an exposed pipe can freeze & lead to a pipe burst. On the other hand, if your water pipes are well insulated you can save on energy as well as monthly electricity bill. Cover outside faucets, and close any open vents on the side of your foundation.
- Vent Replacement: As recommended by Mark Wissler, Master Plumber at Dallas Plumbing & Air Conditioning, all home owners and building managers should carefully survey the perimeter of the house, apartment or office building to identify areas where air can flow through or into. Unsealed windows and doors are particularly important. When was the last time you checked your attic or foundation vents? If vent covers are missing, they should be replaced. Foundation and attic vents should always have air flowing through them-throughout the year. Proper vent coverings play a vital role in preventing moisture issues, mold and freezing.
- Locate Your Main Shutoff Valve: Did you know you have a main shutoff valve to all the water flowing into your home? This valve is located between the main water meter near the street or alley. Most main shutoff valves are located outside the structure and away from it at least several inches. It often looks like a handle and could be covered. Identify the location of main shutoff valve of your home. This will save time and cost any time you have a leak or burst pipe. If a valve key is required, make sure it is placed at an easy and accessible location. With the onset of freeze, shut off the main valve. If you cannot find the shutoff valve, you can turn off the water meter in some cases, but you will need a special key tool to do so. Make sure that all the faucets are turned on so as to drain off any remaining water from the system. Early preparation gives you an extra edge in dealing with all water related issues.
- Hire a Licensed Plumbers: Hiring a licensed plumber means hiring a plumber who has certain level of skill and up to date know how of Texas plumbing code and laws. Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners have taken thorough measures to increase the number and availability of qualified plumbers across the state. If you have any difficulty finding a licensed plumber, visit tsbpe.texas.gov and look for the “Interactive Plumber Locating Map.”
Dallas Plumbing & Air Conditioning has been a licensed, trusted and reliable name for quality, professional plumbing services in Dallas since 1903. If you’re facing any plumbing, heating or air-conditioning issue, visit our website or contact us today to schedule your service.