When the weather turns cold, it can cause a great deal of damage to your home, leading to expensive repair bills. This is particularly true when it comes to your home plumbing system, and this can lead to a degradation in water quality and a damaged water softener. In this article, we look at three tips that can help you to protect your water softener during the colder months.
- The Faucet Must Drip
When water is allowed to stand in a pipe during colder weather, it can freeze quickly. When this water thaws, the pressure in the pipe is increased, leading to cracks and breaks. This problem can be avoided by allowing the faucet to drip slowly. This relieves the pressure and prevents burst pipes in your plumbing and water softener. In fact, when water is allowed to move slowly, even at the pace of a drip, it is less likely that the water will freeze at all.
- Insulation Levels are Crucial
Insulating your plumbing pipes may seem time consuming, and the material can seem expensive, but this process is well worth the effort. Adding insulation to your home is a great way to keep the cold out during the winter months. But, there are other benefits, your home will definitely feel warmer, and the pipes are unlikely to freeze. Insulation is a passive solution that requires no power, so it’s a very energy efficient way to deal with temperature extremes. It can be tempting to install the insulation yourself, but some plumbing pipes are harder to reach than others. So. it may be a better idea to hire a local plumbing specialist for a professional insulation installation.
- Adjust the Thermostat
When you leave your home for a while, it’s a great idea to make an adjustment to the thermostat. It’s tempting to turn the heating off because the home is empty, but this is a bad idea, and it could lead to frozen pipes. Instead, simply turn the thermostat down to around 50º or even 50º to prevent freezing and save money on your energy bills. Most people have a programmable thermostat with a timer that you can set to turn the heating up before you come home. It is also possible to upgrade your thermostat to a smart model that you can control via a handy app on your smartphone or other devices. This allows the user to make adjustments in real time to improve performance and efficiency. If you want to install a smart thermostat, contact a local certified specialist for expert help.
Protecting Your Water Softener
As you can see, each of these three tips does require an investment to protect your plumbing pipes, fixtures, and your water softener. But, when you consider the potential costs of a burst pipe and a damaged water softener system, they begin to look like a bargain. Water damage can occur very quickly, and it can be expensive to repair. If you want to learn more about water softeners, contact your local water treatment specialist.
By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.