Unless you are new to the Wayne County area, you should already be well-versed in factors like winter temperatures and what to expect. The cold season typically begins around December 1 and lasts until around the middle of March. During this time, the average daily high temperature is right at about or below 42 degrees.
Simply put, it gets cold and stays that ways for a quarter of the year. Your priority during that time is to keep yourself healthy and warm. However, during this spell, it is also time to care for your home in order to prevent any possible cold weather related problems, especially your plumbing.
Baby, it's Cold Outside
Before you think you're off the hook by only getting 3 months of cold weather, now let's take a look at average snowfall for the Wayne County area. The snowy period is actually from the end of November until the first week of April; over four months and extending winter to a full third of the year. With that in mind, it's time to get serious about learning what you can do to help keep your plumbing safeguarded.
Keep your interior temperature above 55 degrees. Of course that sounds obvious because who wants to be shivering or able to see their own breath indoors, right? Yet it is more common than you may realize for homeowners to turn the heat down while sleeping, or especially while out of town. The bottom line is that for the little bit of savings you will see on your heating bill at the end of the month, it's not worth putting your plumbing at risk of succumbing to freezing temps.
Yet, no matter how cozy you keep things inside the home, your pipes are still at risk, at least those which are exposed to the elements. Outdoor plumbing or pipes that run through exterior walls don't care how warm the roaring fire is inside your house. So, give them the next best thing by keeping them blanketed with insulation.
Call in the neighbor kid to shovel snow and ice away from your house. Everyone always assumes this is vital for keeping your driveway and walkways safe for foot traffic. Yet, another essential reason is to avoid the runoff that will occur once the sun comes out and melts it all. It will have no place to go other than what's near, like your basement or crawlspace, damaging walls and your furnace or water heater, in the process.
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