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How to Keep Your Pipes From Bursting This Winter

Winter in Michigan is always cold, but the last few years have come with crazy events of ice, snow, and polar vortexes. Since there’s no way to speed up time through winter, the best thing we can do is make the most of our winter by taking care of our families, ourselves and our homes. And one way to do that is by making sure our plumbing systems are protected from winters cold. If we don’t, these cold temperatures may wind up causing major damage to our property and putting our families in difficult situations. So, what can we do to avoid the plumbing woes of winter? Here’s a few tips:

  1. Wrap it up. During the coldest temperatures, your un-insulated pipes are at their highest risk—especially the draftier areas like your garage or attic and outside areas, as well. When it gets below freezing, any water left in these pipes can freeze and expand, causing the pipes to crack or burst. And that means trouble. Instead of just hoping for the best, take preventative measures by wrapping your pipes and outdoor plumbing fixtures in insulating material such as towels, foam or insulation sleeves from your local hardware store.
  2. Repair it. If you do see a leak in any of your pipes or fixtures, make sure you act immediately. A leak is no cosmetic issue, especially during the winter. If there is a leak, there is a good possibility your pipes are already damaged and may be ticking time bombs for bigger issues (we don’t even want to think about). Don’t wait for a “convenient time”; call in a plumber ASAP to avoid further damage
  3. Let it drip. If you plan to be away from your home for any extended period of time, leave your faucets on at a very slow drip. It keeps a stream of water moving through the pipes and prevents them from turning into metal icicles.
  4. Know what to do. If, despite your best efforts, you still experience a burst pipe this winter, you’ll want to know what to do immediately so that damage can be minimized. The most important first action step is to turn off the main water line to avoid a total flood. After that, call a plumber immediately, or if you’re not sure where the main shut off is located, call us the minute you know there is a problem. If you know the plumbing layout of your property you can try to identify the source of the leak and fix it yourself, but be sure to insulate the pipe when you replace it to avoid future issues.

Advanced Plumbing Concepts knows that harsh winters give us enough to worry about without even thinking about our plumbing. That’s why even if you miss these tips and any warning sign along the way, you still don’t need to worry. With our 24-hour emergency plumbing service, you can call us anytime day or night and know that we’ll be available to help you in times of plumbing trouble. It’s what we do best! We love our customers and we’re proud to be the Lakeshore’s premier provider of residential and commercial plumbing services. This season, take our advice and keep an eye on your pipes. Don’t let something that can be avoided cause a flood in your home. But rest assured that if it does, we’re only a phone call away.

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