Although the weather may still be sunny and warm from Western Minnesota to the La Crosse, Wisconsin, area, it’s Winter Weather Awareness Week! That means that each day is focused on a different issue regarding winter weather, such as winter storms, winter driving, and winter fire safety.

Thursday, November 17th is officially Indoor Winter Safety day, which is focused on prepping indoor spaces for winter weather. And when it comes to indoor winter preparation, there are few things as important as your pipes.

Here are a few important facts about prepping your pipes for the winter freeze:

  • The Purpose of Preparation: Water expands as it freezes, which means that if it freezes inside a plastic or metal pipe, that pipe is likely to break. Typically, outdoor pipes freeze most often, but some indoor pipes near non-insulated walls also have the potential to freeze and break.
  • Pre-Freeze Techniques: Before it gets chilly, drain the water from outdoor supply lines. Additionally, drain outdoor hoses and close inside valves. Outdoor valves should be left open, just in case any remaining water does freeze and expand without breaking the pipe. Also consider installing specific products to insulate pipes and keep them toasty through those cold winter months!
  • During the Freeze: It’s also possible to help out your pipes once the weather has gotten cold. Open garage and cabinet doors to keep warm air circulating, and let cold water occasionally drip from faucets connected to exposed pipes. That, along with keeping a stable thermostat temperature, will help keep those pipes functional!
  • Thawing Tips: If you do experience frozen pipes, open the faucet and apply heat to the frozen section of the pipe with a heating pad. Then, be certain to double-check other pipes for freezing!

It may not seem like winter just yet in the La Crosse, Wisconsin, area, but there are a number of things that you can do to prepare for impending weather during Winter Weather Awareness week.

Still have questions about your pipes this winter? Contact the professionals at ServiceMaster Disaster Restoration Services today!