Winter in Denver is always brutal, especially on your home. It takes a beating from frigid conditions, heavy snow, ice, frost, wild winds and even wilder temperature swings. Your plumbing is especially susceptible to all the craziness. During Denver’s winter, prevent major water damage by being proactive and vigilant. Protect your home from frozen and burst pipes, because freezing and expansion will cause them to crack or burst, causing a catastrophe for you at the coldest time of year.
Get Your Plumbing Inspected
To prevent water damage in our Denver winter, get a simple inspection of your plumbing by certified professionals. They need to inspect your pipes for cracks, splits, or other weak spots. They also need to look around the plumbing for issues with insulation, heating, drafts and moisture that could be problematic. If repairs or upgrades are needed, get on it immediately. Waiting could prove disastrous.
Insulation is a Key Component
Insulate your pipes. Colorado winter conditions and changes make this a necessity, not an option. Wrap pipes in insulating foam, especially in crawl spaces, to keep their temperatures more stable.
Of course, the insulation in the home must be up to date and doing the job. Keep the cold where it should be: on the outside.
Air Circulation to Prevent Freezing
A stream that is moving won’t freeze and proper air movement through your home (not drafts) can help protect water pipes from prolonged chill. Your pipes in closed off areas may be sitting in temperatures that are constantly low or decreasing. Airflow helps to keep some of the warm air from your home circulating through to the pipes. Sometimes just a little air from the warm living areas to the water lines is enough. They don’t need to be toasty warm like you, but just kept above freezing.
Maybe assessing airflow isn’t your idea of a good time in the middle of a major Denver freeze, but a good and easy start at such a time is to open all your cupboards, your interior doors (especially to the basement, if you have one), and under counter cabinets. Do this at the worst winter times.
Also prevent the inside air from getting out and the cold air from getting in. Add insulation film around windows and doors and anywhere pipes are present. Little space heaters in unheated areas and small fans to push the air can also help. Just remember to use these only in wide-open areas. If you have ceiling fans, run them in reverse to push the air.
The Forgotten Chores
For a long Denver winter, there are several chores every homeowner should do to help insure against frozen/burst pipes and water damage:
- Have your water heater inspected, flushed and insulated.
- Furnace inspection and change the filters.
- Get your chimney inspected and cleaned.
- Cut back trees away from the roof, eaves, windows, etc.
- Check and replace all batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Clean and flush the gutters (in the non-winter times).
Do these chores to ensure a safe Denver winter and not one huddled under blankets with a frozen pond in your living room.
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