Winter can cause many problems, particularly the plumbing. This is especially true if you live in an area that has extremely cold temperatures. Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent problems.
Check for Leaks
Even if you don't see any leaks, you could have one or more, as some plumbing pipes are out of sight. For example, there may be pipes in the flooring, ceiling, or even an attic. All this depends on the type of plumbing setup you have.
There are signs that there is a leak. For example, if you have noticed that your water bill has increased lately and you have not used more water than you normally do, a leak can cause this to happen. You also may notice water stains on the floors, ceiling, and walls. These stains are generally a yellow color.
The best thing to do in a case like this is to contact a plumber. They have equipment that they use to check for leaks in all pipes. If found, they will repair the problem. Also, if you have old plumbing, this would be a good time to replace the pipes and fixtures. This will help your pipes stand up no matter how low the temperature gets.
Insulate Pipe Insulation
Another way to protect your pipes is to have them insulated. You only need to insulate the cold water pipes, however, as warm pipes will not freeze. Any cold water pipes that are in exposed areas, such as under a sink, have more of a chance to freeze.
One type of insulation involves wrapping the plumbing pipes with materials like rubber, flexible foam with a rubber tape backing, and bubble film that is made for pipes. You can install this type of insulation yourself on pipes that you have access to. It will come with complete instructions on how to do this. When you finish putting on the insulation, put duct tape on the end of each pipe to attach the insulation to the pipes, and this will also keep everything secure.
Another type is tubular sleeve insulation. This type is available in a variety of lengths and is generally made of rubber or foam. Tubular sleeve insulation has a sleeve that you need to seal shut with duct tape when the installation is finished.
The plumber that you hire can install this insulation for you. This is needed if you have cold water pipes that you cannot access.
Talk with your plumber and they can give you more details about the information above, as well as offer other tips to protect your plumbing pipes.