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3 ways to protect your pipes in winter

When it comes to home care and maintenance, there is no better way to avoid a problem than to prevent it and Αποφράξεις Αντωνίου can undertake its maintenance. A fault in the electrical or plumbing fixtures of your home can turn into a living nightmare. There are very simple ways to protect the plumbing of your home from corrosion, frost and breakage, leaks and other afflictions of the cold months of the year! Most of them, in fact, do not even require the intervention of an experienced plumber. See, then, what you can do on your own! Below in our article there are 3 ways to protect your pipes in winter!

1. Check regularly for leaks in plumbing

Even such a hole, you can not imagine how many problems it can cause you, if you do not find it in time. Or at least we hope you can not. The best way to avoid the freezing is to check your space regularly. Check the walls of your home for signs of moisture or mold. If your house has a basement that is not heated, you should be doubly careful, especially in winter. If you happen to make an appointment with a plumber, do not hesitate to ask him to inspect your space and give you them advice.

2. Insulate the exposed pipes of your house

Insulation is a surefire way to protect your home. Pipe insulation is an easy and economical way to protect your pipes from the cold of winter. In addition to protection, however, insulation offers another very important advantage. Especially for heating pipes, it helps to reduce heat loss. In practice, this means that insulated pipes maintain a higher temperature than non-insulated pipes. This way you will be able to set the thermostat temperature lower, saving of course energy and money. Ask an experienced plumber to suggest different insulation alternatives depending on the needs of your home.

3. Open your cupboards

The most common problems may be caused by the exterior of your home, but this does not mean that you should forget about the interior. Like outdoor, indoor plumbing can freeze in the cold. An easy solution for heating the internal pipes is to open your kitchen cupboards. This will help transfer heat from the interior of the house to the pipes, keeping them warmer. In case of a big drop in temperature, do not forget to leave some cupboards open! This way you will avoid unexpected breaks and all their accessories!

What to do if the water pipes freeze?

In case you face this problem with the plumbing of your house and you are left without water during the winter, then you should immediately call a plumber to heat the pipes and to repair the damage quickly and immediately. Usually a quick fix that you can do yourself to prevent damage and freeze the pipes is to leave a tap open and a little water dripping.

But you have to do this before the big frost starts and the water has not become ice in the pipes. In fact, it is necessary to let the tap drip all night in case we have frost, because the water freezes in the pipes, especially at night when the temperature drops below zero. However, this trick with the dripping tap may not work in case of dramatically low temperatures.

Also, in case you do not have water because the water meter is frozen due to the polar temperatures prevailing in your area, then a first solution is to slowly add a little lukewarm water. Be careful, not hot because you will create a problem in the piping right and to the left of the water meter (be careful not to spill water on the meter). If you manage to repair the damage and the water starts running again, then it is good to dry the pipes very well and carefully with a cloth and to protect them, wrap them with a woolen cloth,  in order to not freeze again.

Extra tips

Pay special attention to the gutters, to the gutters of the rainwater, to pay attention mainly to the terraces, to the pipes to be clean so that the water, especially with these sudden torrential rains, can have a free flow to the rainwater.

Many times during the winter, when it snows and frosts, the external water pipes freeze, leaving many households without water. In such difficult weather conditions, it is very common for even the pipes to freeze from the solar water heaters, so that there is no hot water, or pipes break and water runs, or even gas burners have problems due to the frost. In such case, Αποφράξεις Αντωνίου will have the solution that will help you!

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