Garage Winterization

Where is the Sink?

It is easy to overlook the plumbing in the garage. If you have a sink or faucet in the garage, the plumbing is not far away. The plumbing in the garage is often exposed to the elements
more so than the plumbing under the house. Opening and closing the garage door allows winter temperatures to penetrate the space where your plumbing is located. If your garage sink is wall-mounted without a cabinet surrounding it, the pipes are exposed to the elements and at a high risk for freezing.

your garage in the winter

Chore to Heat

If you spend little time in your garage during the winter, you may not have discovered the need for heat in that space. Most garages are not equipped with heat vents from the central heating unit. Space heaters or portable heating sources are often the main sources of heat in the garage. If your garage is not well insulated, and older ones usually are not, it will be a chore to heat this area.

Energy Efficiency Pays Off

Your best bet will be to add a layer of insulation to the ceiling, around the walls, and on the concrete floor.  It will save on your energy bill later because it will trap the heat in winter and keep the area cool in the summer.  Adding heat to your garage can prevent an emergency service call to a plumber.

It is Okay to Call for Help

If you would rather not install a separate heating unit in the garage yourself, be sure to contact your heating and air technician. The technician will have the best idea of where to put your new heater. Small, efficient propane heaters can be attached to portable “grill size” tanks. The technician can set this up for you. These heaters can be useful as a back-up plan in case the electric power service is interrupted during a winter storm. If the power is off, you can relocate to the garage for warmth and take refuge from the storm.

 

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