Nevada isn’t necessarily known for its cold temperatures. In fact, it’s quite normal for parts of Nevada to see temperatures in the 100s during the summer. So when you see friends on social media complaining about cold weather and snow during winter, you can’t exactly relate.
One major problem for homeowners during winter is the possibility of freezing pipes. In places that regularly dip below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, frozen and busted pipes become a very big reality for many. But as a homeowner in Nevada, do you even have to worry about that?
While chances aren’t high that your pipes will freeze (even in the dead of winter), it can still happen. After all, one good night of freezing weather is all it takes to bust your pipes and cause a great deal of plumbing damage.
If you own a vacation home in Central or Northern Nevada where temperatures frequently drop (or you want to prepare for a freak cold spell…hey, it happens!), you should take cautionary steps to winterize your pipes and prevent damage.
Set It and Forget It
Your thermostat, that is. As a Nevadan, you might either relish the colder weather or have adapted to the warmth. No matter how high or low your thermostat is set while you’re home, you should always have it set to at least 55 degrees while you’re away.
You might not always turn on your heater during winter, but get in the habit of turning it on before you leave for a day or a week. You’ll safeguard your home from a sudden and unexpected drop into freezing temperatures. You can also turn off the water valves that connect to your washing machine to avoid a busted hose.
Wrap Exposed Pipes
Another way to avoid frozen and broken water pipes is to insulate exposed pipes inside and outside your home. You can find insulation tape at a local hardware store, or ask your plumber to insulate the pipes for you. This heat tape can protect your pipes from freak cold spells at a minimal investment.
Insulate Vulnerable Spaces
Garages, basements, and crawl spaces are more likely to be exposed to cold weather than the main areas of your home because of inferior insulation. The pipes in these places, as a result, may be more susceptible to break. Take extra measures to insulate your garage door or unfinished basement.
Install a Frost-Proof Outdoor Faucet
You might not need a frost-proof outdoor faucet in the heart of Las Vegas, but it can be an appropriate upgrade for your vacation home in Nevada’s higher elevations. Exposed outdoor pipes are the most at risk for freezing, so a frost-proof faucet can save you thousands in damage repair.
These special faucets work for a couple of reasons. First, they have shut-off valves several inches from the faucet head. The valve is so far away that it sits inside your nice, warm home, which insulates it from cold outdoor temperatures. Your plumber should also install the faucet in a slight downward position. This allows the water between the shut-off valve and the opening to drain out and further prevent freezing.
Be Ready for the Cold
The chances of freezing pipes are not necessarily high in Las Vegas, but it never hurts to be prepared for an especially frigid winter or an unexpected storm. After all, if it can snow in Las Vegas, anything can happen.
Safeguard your home from freezing temperatures and you will save yourself the trouble of fixing broken pipes and cleaning up hundreds of gallons of water. Call a plumber for area-specific advice and services for your home.