Posted on 1/20/2012

Now that winter is in full swing, making sure that your home’s plumbing is properly protected from freezing is very important. Frozen pipes can be a huge hassle and can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to your home. Here are some tips for common frozen pipes around the home.

Frosty Pipe

Indoor Plumbing

The most important plumbing areas to protect in your home are your interior water and sewer lines. These components of your plumbing system are typically sealed behind walls, but a portion of them may be exposed in your crawlspace, basement, or garage. To prevent these pipes from freezing, insulate them using pipe wrap or insulating tape. If they have already frozen, you may try heating your plumbing to thaw the ice. If that doesn’t work, call your local Libertyville plumber for help getting your plumbing working again.

Sump and Humidifier Discharge Lines

Your humidifier and sump pump are absolutely essential to keeping your home comfortable and healthy at all times of the year. Because both of these appliances typically discharge water outdoors, their discharge lines can easily freeze over when temperatures start to drop. Talk to a Libertyville area plumber about having the drainage line redirected to an indoor drain to prevent freezing.

Outdoor Plumbing

Finally, preventing freezing in outdoor plumbing is also very important. One of the most common areas for outdoor freezing is the hose bib. You can prevent your hose bib from freezing by removing hoses and other fixtures from the spigot and draining the plumbing that distributes water to it. For outdoor water fixtures such as fountains, irrigation systems, and ponds, make sure that they are drained well before the winter to prevent cracking or other types of damage.

For expert plumbing winterization services and pipe thawing in Libertyville, contact Arrow Plumbing. Schedule your winterization and inspection services by calling (847) 549-9600.