Indeed, the winter season is a blessing; one gets to enjoy mesmerizing weather with a cup of hot coffee sitting in the balcony and watching the beauteous forms all around. You take your first sip of the coffee, and you say to yourself, it never tastes that good, is it me, or is it the weather? Well, surely it is the weather. Sunshine never feels so good on the skin that you just want to soak yourself in it and get all the warmth. However, this enthralling weather can become a real bummer for anyone if the pipework of their house is not protected and prepared for the weather. Once you face it, you will hate winters more than anything and want it to end already. However, the problem is not the cold season because seasons come and go; therefore, it is your responsibility to be prepared for every weather. We all buy new sweaters and winter clothing apparel every winter, but let’s just think about spending on things that are more important, and by that, we mean pipework.
What Happens to Pipework in Winters?
Your pipework would be working perfectly fine in summers, with proper pressure, perfect flow, no clogging sounds, no discoloration, but what suddenly happens to them in winters? No one told you about that? We have got you covered.
One of the most common problems that happen in all the areas where the temperature falls below freezing point in winters is the freezing of pipes. No matter whatever is the material of your pipes, they will freeze, and as a result, you will have no water to use. Yes, a water heater can melt the frozen water, but the energy that it consumes to melt frozen water is double the amount it usually consumes; hence you will have to pay hefty energy bills. Not only does the frozen water in pipework blocks the pipes, but it also exerts a lot of pressure on the pipe; as a result, pipes burst out. You don’t want to end up in a situation like that because not only does it wastes a large amount of water, but it also requires a lot of money in its repairing. Sometimes the burst can be heard, and you can take immediate actions, but sometimes it happens almost silently, and then you just keep figuring out why your water bills are so high and ask your family to minimize the water usage.
Clogged pipes when frozen in winter are much worse than frozen pipes because in that the pressure being applied on the pipe is not just of frozen water but also other frozen things that clog the pipework badly. This situation won’t just simply be solved by heating the pipe to melt the water, but it will also require the removal of the unwanted items from the pipe, and that is going to use a lot of your money. Therefore, you should better try to keep anything other than water away from going into your drains so that your pipes don’t clog.
How Can One Prevent This from Happening?
If you have ended up in any of the aforementioned situations or you are just doing your research before shifting to a freezing cold country, then the following solutions will work just fine for you.
To protect your pipework from freezing, all you need to do is lag them, and that’s it; you won’t have frozen pipes ever again. You can do it yourself or get it done by any professional. All you will need is foam tubes, duct tape, and some cutter for lagging your pipes. Pipes that are covered do not require to be insulated; only the pipes that are left uncovered in the open spaces are the ones that freeze and cause the problem. Just gauge the pipe to cut the foam tube accordingly so that it fits perfectly. Then just open the foam tube from the pre-split area and slide it onto the pipes. It is easy to cover pipes, but obstructions like pipe fittings also need to be covered properly; if you have press-fit fittings or push-fit fittings, you can ask your push-fit fittings producer to get you foam tube that fits the fitting.
To prevent your pipes from clogging, all you need to do is to ensure that anything other than water doesn’t go in and out of most of your pipes. Although sewerage water doesn’t always contain only water some things should be avoided to put in the drain. These things include grease, oil, coffee grounds, bones, or any other solid or clog-forming item.