Summer has taken its last breath, but we all know that the cold days of winter will be upon us soon. When the cold weather blasts the majority of Illinois, homeowners brace themselves for both plummeting temperatures and soaring heating costs. Beyond the higher energy costs, cold weather can also bring additional expenses in the form of frozen pipes and clogged drains, causing problems with plumbing. Here are some simple tips for insulating your pocket book against cold weather costs.
Protect Outside Faucets
Prevent exterior pipes from breaking by protecting your outside faucets. Detach all exterior garden hoses and insulate the faucet against frigid weather. Also insulate any exterior pipes that are exposed. Tiger Plumbing offers a variety of winterizing options for your outside faucets and pipes.
Protect Interior Pipes
During extreme cold, even interior and covered pipes can freeze. As a prevention, turn on an inside faucet and allow it to drip during the coldest winter snaps. The running water will keep the water flowing and prevent the pipes from freezing in all but the most extreme cases.
Protect Pipes in Utility Spaces
It’s easy to forget about protecting pipes in utility spaces such as the attic or basement; however, these are also prone to freeze in severe weather. Protect these spaces from drafts as much as possible and remember to get the pipes insulated in these areas as well. Tiger Plumbing offers a variety of winterizing options for your utility spaces and crawlspaces.
Prevent Clogged Drains
One staple of the holidays is all of the home cooking and fatty foods. The drains and pipes of your home can take a beating during this time and the cold weather solidifies the fats, resulting in a higher incidence of clogged drains. Steer clear of drain problems by avoiding putting grease, oil, and hard to dissolve foods (such as potato peels) down the drain or through the garbage disposal.
By following these few simple plumbing tips, you can bypass the most severe plumbing repair problems. If you find yourself with a frozen pipe or clogged drain, give Tiger Plumbing Services a call today at 1-866-TIGER70 or visit TrustTiger.com to schedule an appointment. One of our qualified service technicians will get everything working properly!