Protecting Faucets from Winter Temperatures
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When the weather turns cold, it is time to pull out the hot cocoa and blankets and keep warm by the fireplace. And while winter brings coziness and the joy of the holidays, it also can bring trouble to your plumbing.
During particularly frigid temperatures, pipes and faucets are in danger of freezing, which can cause pipes to burst. For homeowners who live in cold climates, it is important to protect faucets from winter temperatures to prevent any costly disasters.
This guide will highlight the key methods for protecting faucets and pipes during the cold winter days ahead.
Winterize Outdoor Kitchens
The first place to begin when protecting faucets is with any outdoor kitchen. These kitchens are a great place to cook up a meal and entertain during the spring, summer, and fall. But, for those living in cold climates, these kitchens should be properly winterized to prevent pipes and faucets from freezing.
Winterize via these easy steps:
- Start by turning off the water to the outdoor kitchen.
- Next, drain any water from sinks, faucets, and pipes.
- Place a protective, insulating cover over all exposed faucet heads and pipes.
Invest in Insulation
Beyond just outdoor faucets, it is also important to protect pipes and faucets inside the home. And while it might seem like it would never get cold enough inside the home to freeze a pipe or faucet, the reality is that during frigid temperatures, the pipes running underneath the home can, in fact, get cold enough to freeze.
The best thing to do is to invest in quality insulation. For homeowners who have never had their home’s pipes inspected, it can be a good idea to hire a professional to assess the health of the pipes and determine if more insulation is needed.
Drip Your Faucets
Finally, during particularly cold weather, it is beneficial to drip faucets at night. The dripping water will keep water flowing throughout the pipes, preventing the pipes from freezing solid. This is also important to do when taking a trip during the winter months.
Shop Kingston Brass
Whether it is for a quick cosmetic update or to replace a faucet that was damaged in the cold, Kingston Brass is the perfect place to find new bathroom and kitchen faucets for any home. With a variety of styles and designs, there is something to match any preference or taste. Shop their catalog today to find a new premium faucet.