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Off To Someplace Warm?

Nov 28, 2014 08:09AM ● Published by City of Taylorsville

Plumbing is especially susceptible to cold weather and freezing. Burst pipes from freezing can cause some of the most expensive repairs in the home. So let’s go over some of the basics to make sure you have them covered.

Insulate Exposed Piping

 If you have any exposed water or drain piping in uninsulated spaces such as in a crawlspace, attic, outside walls, etc., make sure to insulate them. Ideally you should wrap them with electrical heating tape first, and then insulate them.

Wrap water heaters and hot water pipes in insulation to improve efficiency. This is especially important in locations where hot water components are exposed to cold temperatures.

Exterior Faucets

Also known as hose bibs. You may want to consider an insulated cover for the exterior faucet. And remember to disconnect your garden hoses from the outside faucets and drain the hose to prevent damage if stored outside.

Reminder: If you are shutting down a property for several months you should always shut off the water supply from inside the home. If a leak were to occur without occupancy, the damage could be catastrophic.    
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