First freeze & water pipes: Experts say winterizing can save homeowners money
SEATTLE — With cold weather moving through Western Washington, homeowners are reminded to winterize their pipes. Each winter, frozen water pipes burst and damage homes.
Seattle Public Utilities offers these tips:
- Insulate pipes in your home’s crawlspace, basement and attic. Exposed pipes are more susceptible to freezing. The more insulation you use, the better the protection.
- Heat tape can be used to wrap pipes. Closely follow the manufacturer’s installation and operation instructions.
- Seal leaks and close foundation vents to minimize cold air entering your house and freezing pipes. Open vents again in the spring to prevent dry rot.
- Drain and disconnect garden hoses and insulate hose bibs.
"It's worth it when you look at potentially losing thousands in a home flood due to pipes freezing," said Karen Rich with the “Take Winter By Storm” campaign.
Experts say it is also important to know where the water shut-off valve is located.
For more information visit http://takewinterbystorm.org/