Winters in Georgia may be mild compared to northern states, but the freezing temperatures and threat of even a couple inches of snow is worth home preparation. Protecting your pipes during the winter months will help ensure you have running water and no burst pipes when the cold weather hits. Clark’s Heating and Air’s list of five projects to protect your pipes:
- Heating system maintenance: Having your home’s heating system inspected before winter begins will prevent pipes from freezing. Without a warm environment, pipes will freeze. Have your heating system inspected yearly to extend the life of the unit.
- Heating cable: Most homeowners believe insulating pipes is enough to keep them warm throughout the winter. Before you add insulation, run a heating cable along the pipes. The cable will keep the pipes at a constant temperature and help prevent freezing.
- Wrap with insulation: Once you’ve added the heating cable, wrap your exposed pipes with insulation. Tubular polyethylene foam is most commonly used, but you can also opt for a fiberglass pipe wrap kit.
- Protect outdoor faucets: Use an insulating domes or other covering on your outdoor faucets. Before placing the dome on, let any remaining water drip from the nozzle, shut off the valve, and add the dome for protection.
- Improve home insulation: Areas of your home that don’t receive as much heat - like the basement or attic - need to be properly insulated. Keep the warmth in your home with extra insulation in your attic and basement, with extra concentration near pipes.
If you plan to travel during the winter months, be cautious of how low you set the home’s temperature. Don’t allow the thermostat to go too low to ensure your pipes will be protected while you’re away.
Let Clark’s Heating and Air ensure your heating system is working properly ahead of winter temperatures. With a thorough analysis from our skilled technicians, you can rest easy that your pipes will be protected throughout the winter months. Schedule an appointment today or call us at 678.379.2665.