Frozen Pipe Repair, Burst Pipe Replacement and Repair in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson NV, and Summerlin Nevada
Las Vegas Plumber – Cold Weather Plumbing Tips
The fall weather change is the perfect time to prepare a home’s plumbing for the winter, as freezing temperatures can arrive without warning. Frozen pipes account for around 30,000 home owner insurance claims per year. These are completely preventable with a small amount of work or an appointment with a plumber, such as Plumbing Solutions of Nevada. It is recommended that homeowners in Southern Nevada finish winterizing plumbing by early November, while Northern Nevada should do so by mid-October. The following tips can help prevent winter plumbing problems.
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Put Away Hoses
Water hoses should be disconnected from the spigots, drained and put away in the winter. If this isn’t done, the water inside the hoses can freeze and cause expansion to the spigot and other water pipes, causing them to burst.
Repair Outdoor Faucets
Exterior spigots the leak or drip should be repaired before the cold weather arrives. A plumber can do this job quickly.
Close Shut-Off Valves
Some houses have indoor valves that control outdoor spigots. The valves should be shut off and completely drained of any remaining water before the beginning of winter.
Cover up Exterior Spigots
Covering up outdoor spigots prevents expensive damage from freezing temperatures. There are special spigot installation kits for this purpose.
Any pipes exposed to the elements should be insulated to prevent freezing. This can be done by using heat cables with thermostats or by applying heat tape.
Check the Water Heater
Water heaters carry an extra workload during the winter. The accumulated sediment should be drained out of the tank to increase efficiency, and the temperature should be set to 120 degrees. This will also help keep your winter energy costs down.