Why You Should Worry About Garage Piping This WinterThe main concern for piping in a garage is that, often, the garage is not conditioned—it can get really hot in there in the summer, and really cold in the winter. If a pipe bursts in your home, for example, you’re likely to notice it immediately. But, unless you’re frequently in your garage, a busted pipe out there may go unnoticed. Here are some ways damaged garage piping can cause problems for your home:
- A high water bill: If your pipes burst in your garage, you may not notice as quickly as you would inside your home. An undiscovered pipe leak means that you are unknowingly running up your water bill—and in some cases by quite a bit.
- Damage to personal items: We recently had an AC leak in our garage that we didn’t discover until we had a garage sale. The leak was easily fixed, but, because it had been going on for some time, a lot of boxes were destroyed, or covered in mold. This is a concern with leaky plumbing in your garage as well—it can cause water damage and bread harmful mold.
- Loss of water pressure: If you have a leak and don’t know it, you may notice the pressure in your pipes has decreased. Without proper water pressure, you’ll find that sinks and bathtubs take longer to fill, you take longer showers, and your washing machine may take more time to complete its cycle.
How to Weatherize the Exposed Piping in Your GarageIt’s getting chillier in the evenings, which means it’s time to do something about your exposed garage piping. Water damage from plumbing failures and freezing pipes is the second most frequent insurance claim in the U.S, so there’s no doubt preventing frozen pipes is important, but how do you keep your pipes protected?
- Insulation: Insulating all your exposed piping should be your first step. A lot of times, insulation alone will keep piping from losing too much heat to the elements. It’s important to make sure the piping is insulated and secured with tape to ensure air doesn’t seep through any cracks.
- Heat tape: This handy stuff can be wrapped around piping, then plugged into a wall. Think of it as an electric blanket for your pipes, keeping them warm and snug through winter.
- A dripping faucet: This tried and true anecdote for preventing burst pipes applies to garage piping, as well as other plumbing in and out of your home. Turn on the faucet just a tad to keep water moving—heat prefers to gravitate to areas of agitation, or movement. It will also keep water from having the chance to collect and freeze within your pipes.