It’s a cold morning in Lubbock, Texas, and all you want is a warm shower. But when you turn the faucet, only a few drops of water dribble out. The last thing you need this winter are problems with your plumbing. These strategies will help you take stress off your pipes and protect them from leaks and bursting.
Prepare for Freezing
While Lubbock tends to have a relatively mild winter compared to other parts of the nation, temperatures can occasionally drop below zero and result in freezing pipes. If the water in your pipes freezes, that ice will expand, increasing pressure on the pipes and potentially causing them to burst. When freezing temperatures are in the forecast, disconnect and drain your hoses to protect your outdoor faucets. You can also insulate pipes that may not be heated, such as in your attic, garage, or under bathroom and kitchen sinks.
Install a Water Softener
Homeowners in Lubbock are familiar with the hard water here. However, you may not be aware that hard water not only coats surfaces, but also can damage pipes. Because of its high mineral content, hard water can corrode pipes and cause material to build up in the plumbing, which can lead to clogs, pressure build-up, and leaks. A water softener can protect your plumbing by removing some of the minerals that cause corrosion and clogs.
Adjust Your Water Pressure
High water pressure is one of the most common causes of plumbing damage. You may like to take a high-pressure shower, but that pressure can stress your pipes to a point that they leak. Your water pressure should not exceed 60 psi for an extended period of time and should never exceed 80 psi. Ideally, your water pressure should sit between 30 and 50 psi to keep your pipes from being damaged. One of our plumbing technicians can help you adjust the water regulator on your property to ensure your pressure isn’t too high.
The last thing you need this winter is a burst or leaky pipe. To protect your pipes, call JD’s Prompt Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning at (806) 853-6424.
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