Minneapolis Water & Sewer Systems

Friday, September 11, 2015

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes this Winter

It might be hard to believe, but winter is right around the corner and with it comes a variety of concerns such as pipes freezing and then bursting. We specialize in helping with sewer lining in Minneapolis MN and the surrounding areas, but we thought we would take the time to discuss how to prevent frozen pipes.

The first thing you should do is turn off any outside water lines. Take your garden hose, if you have one, and remove it from the hose bibb. Drain the hose in your garden or shed and then make sure the interior shut off valve is fully closed.

Pipes that run along exterior walls are especially at risk of freezing. Get a professional insulation company to assess your home’s insulation and get more added if it’s necessary.

Flush your home’s hot water tank to help remove sediment. That helps the tank work more efficiently. It will have to work harder in the winter than in the summer simply because the water flowing into it is colder, so it takes more effort on the water heater’s part to get that water nice and hot.

Don’t forget about your sewer either! Partially plugged or clogged sewers can easily get frozen during the winter time. This can cause a variety of problems, and you might need to contact us about sewer lining if your sewer pipes crack or break.

Make sure your house’s foundation and crawl space vents are closed. This will help keep the cold air from freezing pipes. You should also be sure that any irrigation systems at your home are winterized. A professional irrigation company should come to your home for a fall blow out. This is where they blow all of the air out of the irrigation system with compressed air.

Your main sewer line should be open and flowing, and this is especially for an overhead sewer or septic system. You should also have your septic tank serviced every three to five years to ensure the incoming line does not freeze or back up.

Finally, keep an eye on your sewer lines and all of your pipes and if any of them seem to be backing up or experiencing problems, call in professionals for help.

For more information on sewer lining in Minneapolis, call us at Gene’s Water & Sewer at 612-781-3737, or you can contact us and get a Free Estimate.

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