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What Does It Mean To Winterize Your Home?
If you’re a resident of the greater Chicago area, then you’ll likely run into the chance of having your pipes freeze or burst during our harsh winters. In order to prevent pipe damage and a potentially steep plumbing bill, we recommend winterizing your pipes in advance.
Winterizing your home is the process of protecting the pipes against freezing temperatures, especially when the house is expected to be vacant for a long period of time. This process involves some basic practices which, when followed properly, ensure optimum protection of the pipes during the cold, winter months.
How To Keep Your Pipes From Freezing
Being able to keep your pipes from freezing isn’t always guaranteed, but there are steps you can take to properly winterize the pipes in your household before calling in a plumber.
- Shut off the main water valve and water pump.
- Create a list of all the taps and valves in your house.
- Use an air compressor to blow out any excess water inside the water pump.
- Drain the water from the holding tank.
- Remove the water from the tank and bowls of your toilet.
- Add antifreeze to the water in your toilet to prevent any potential damage.
- Inspect the exterior of your house and repair any cracks or openings.
- Keep your faucet dripping at night.
- Use hose bibs to cover hoses and faucets.
What You Should You Do If Your Pipes Freeze?
If your pipes in your home freeze, the first thing you should do is to shut off the main water supply. The reason behind this is that the frozen water may be acting as a stoppage for the water to spill out from hidden cracks. You may use a heater, heat lamp, or a hairdryer to thaw the pipes but in any case, do not use open flame devices such as a blowtorch.
Winterize Your Home with CJ Plumbing & Heating
At CJ Plumbing & Heating, we provide household winterizing services in the greater Chicago region. We have been catering to the plumbing needs of the Chicago residents since 1991 and we have high expertise in protecting homes from chilly temperatures. Our Chicago plumbing experts provide home winterization services that cover the pipes, bathroom and kitchen fixtures, and other appliances which are often neglected such as hose bibs or washers.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are several ways you can insulate your water pipes:
- Insulate with strips of pipe wrap
- Use foam pipe sleeves
- Adding wall insulation
- Use faucet covers on outdoor spigots
- Install outdoor spigots
- Insulate gaps within the walls
This can vary if there is any existing damage. Typical cost ranges anywhere from $100 to $1,000 on average.
Most home insurances provide coverage if your pipes were to burst. Sometimes it’s best to pay out of pocket if expenses don’t surpass more than $1,000, which is the case for most households.
A licensed plumber can assist in fixing your frozen pipes or help prevent them from bursting. Our license # is: 058-172883
Yes, but waiting and watching them thaw could result in greater risk of damage. As the ice begins to thaw, the water between the faucet and ice will cause an increase in pressure within the pipe. That pressure is what can lead to frozen pipes bursting.