Las Vegas is no stranger to freezing weather conditions. When a cold snap is in the forecast, take a moment to prepare your plumbing system.
Freezing water expands, threatening to rupture PVC and metal pipes.
To prevent this, follow these four tips, and keep a close eye on upcoming weather.
Let Water Run at a Slow Drip
Water is most apt to freeze if it is not moving. This is clearly demonstrated by lakes that quickly freeze over in cold temperatures versus nearby rivers that keep moving even if only at a trickle. Keep water moving in your pipes by turning faucets on to a slow drip.
Keep Indoor Temperatures Consistent
Keep your heat above 55 degrees inside even if you are going to be out of town. Also, keep kitchen and bathroom cabinets open so pipes underneath sinks stay relatively warm.
Add Insulation to Pipes
Uninsulated pipes that are exposed to the outdoors are those that are most likely to freeze. Take an hour or two on your next weekend to place foam insulation around the pipes or to wrap them in heat tape.
Drain Water from Outdoor Lines
To further protect pipes running to the cold outdoors, be sure to turn off faucets and drain outdoor lines before cold temperatures hit. Reel in your hose before storing it in your garage, and hire a professional to empty out built-in sprinkler lines.
Bottom line: Although the moderate Las Vegas climate rarely results in temperatures below freezing, occasional winter cold snaps can leave your pipes exposed and in danger. If you are concerned about the safety of your pipes or have a leaking pipe from a recent freeze, contact Pure Plumbing today at (702) 710-7388 to get help from friendly, experienced plumbing professionals.