During the winter, outdoor temperatures drop in Deerfield, Illinois. As a result, they put your home’s plumbing system in danger of freezing. A frozen pipe may burst, causing serious damage to your home. If you plan on going on vacation during the winter, consider implementing at least one of the following three tips to keep your pipes from freezing while you’re away.
Change Thermostat Settings
Before you leave town, change your thermostat settings. Since no one will be home while you’re on vacation, you can save on heating by lowering the temperature on your thermostat. However, you shouldn’t set the temperature below 55 degrees. If you simply turn off the thermostat before leaving, the water in your pipes may freeze and cause them to burst. As a result, you’ll need an emergency plumbing repair. Keep your home to 55 degrees or warmer to prevent your pipes from freezing while you’re away.
Insulate Your Pipes
Another way to keep your pipes from freezing while you’re on vacation is by insulating your plumbing system. Insulating your plastic or copper pipes will keep them warmer, thereby preventing the water inside from freezing. Insulating your plumbing system is something you can do yourself. However, a plumbing professional can also help you insulate your pipes in your crawl spaces and hard-to-reach areas.
Shut Off Water
If you want to avoid water from freezing in your plumbing system, you can also turn off the water to your home. After shutting off the water, drain out any water inside the pipes by turning on your home faucets until the water stops running. Implementing this tip is a sure way to know that your pipes won’t burst while you’re away.
Take care of your plumbing system by completing at least one of these simple tips before you leave for your vacation this winter season. Call Carefree Comfort, Inc. today at 847-388-0115 for more advice on how to keep your plumbing system in excellent condition.
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