What does a Proactive Homeowner look like before winter freezes begin?

December 01, 2021

As the season’s change and temperatures continue to decrease, it becomes more important for homeowners to examine their plumbing fixtures. Even in southern states like Texas, frozen pipes are a common issue, especially after the Texas freeze. By being proactive with your plumbing at the beginning of winter, you could save yourself a pretty penny.

As temperatures drop the further into winter we get, it is important to make sure that all your piping, especially outside your home is well insulated. A great way to understand how important insulation is to your pipes is by thinking about the walls in your home. What would happen if your walls had no insulation? You would begin to freeze as winter continued!

Proactive HomeownerThe same happens to your piping. Winter freezes are known to cause pipes to burst! This is a result of water in your pipes freezing. When water freezes, it expands and will do so within your pipes. This causes a buildup in pressure that results in pipes bursting, causing damage to either the home or an awfully expensive water bill if it happens to occur outside. That is why it is recommended to insulate your indoor/outdoor fixtures as temperatures drop.  Some key areas that easily get overlooked are your PVB (Pressure Vacuum Breaker) for your irrigation system and your main water service coming into the house. Of course, all hose bibs should be insulated as well but your main water service and irrigation system are the two most frequent areas homeowners have issues with during the wintertime. As for what type of insulation is required or what type of tape is to be used you can contact our service professionals who can help keep your pipes well protected and insulated.

Call Show Plumbing at 281-860-2000 to have a licensed technician inspect and insulate your piping!