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While you can’t put a price on the comfort and safety of your family, it’s nice to save money where you can. Heating and cooling equipment is a major investment, with an average life span of between 12 and 15 years, but that doesn’t mean it can’t last longer. Read on for some great tips on extending the life of an HVAC system and making the most of your investment. Continue reading
Winter brings extremely cold temperatures to the Cincinnati area, and this creates the risk of frozen pipes. When water freezes inside a plumbing pipe, it expands and blocks the line. Pressure gradually builds up between the blockage and the closed faucet at the end of the line, and when this pressure becomes too great, the pipe can rupture. Learning how to avoid frozen pipes before winter arrives can help you prevent unnecessary and costly damage to your home and its contents. Continue reading
As the weather starts to get cold in Cincinnati, you may wonder whether pipes will be safe when the temperature dips below freezing. You should drain pipes to prevent freezing, but how do you go about completing this task? Here’s everything you need to know as you’re about to drain pipes to prevent freezing this winter.
Why Drain Pipes?
Why is it important to drain pipes to prevent freezing this season? Here are some of the major problems that can be caused when you fail to complete this task.
- Water in the pipes may get stuck and freeze in close quarters. The resulting ice has the potential to cause pipes to burst, which can cause water damage and require replacement. The replacement and repair process is expensive, so you should be proactive about avoiding this issue.
- Frozen water in pipes can cause the pipes to expand. Even if pipes don’t burst, significant damage can be done in the winter.
How to Drain Pipes to Prevent Freezing
Here are steps you should take when you’re draining pipes before freezing weather arrives:
- Make sure the water supply to pipes has been cut off. The main supply will have to be shut off during this process. If you’re uncertain about how to turn off the main supply, contact your water service provider or a plumber.
- Flush the toilets in your home. Continue flushing until the water in the tank of the toilet is completely gone. Turn the faucets in sinks, showers and bathtubs on in order to drain this water.
Consulting a Professional
If you don’t feel comfortable preparing your home’s pipes for freezing weather, it’s best to consult a professional plumber.
To have a professional drain pipes to prevent freezing in your greater Cincinnati home, contact Apollo Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.
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