6 Tips to prep your Plumbing for Winter
Winter can be tough on plumbing, with freezing temperatures causing pipes to burst and leaving you without access to running water. To prevent this from happening, it’s important to take some steps to “winterize” your plumbing. Here are a few things you can do to prepare your plumbing for the colder months:
- Insulate your pipes: Pipes that are located in unheated areas of your home, such as the garage or attic, are at risk of freezing. Insulating these pipes can help to keep them warm and prevent them from bursting.
- Drain outdoor faucets: Outdoor faucets and hose bibs should be drained before the first freeze to prevent water from remaining in the pipes and freezing. You should also disconnect any hoses and store them indoors.
- Check for leaks: Before the cold weather sets in, take the time to check your home for any leaks. Leaking pipes can weaken and burst when frozen, so it’s important to address any leaks before the winter months.
- Seal any gaps or cracks: Gaps or cracks in your home’s foundation can allow cold air to enter and cool down the pipes. Seal any gaps or cracks you find with caulking or weatherstripping to help keep your pipes warm.
- Keep your thermostat set: Even if you’re leaving for a vacation, it’s important to keep your thermostat set to at least 55 degrees to help keep your pipes warm.
- Know your main shut-off valve: Knowing where your main shut-off valve is located can be a lifesaver in the event of a burst pipe. Make sure everyone in your household knows where it is and how to turn it off.
By taking these steps to winterize your plumbing, you can help to prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting during the colder months. If you’re unsure of how to properly prepare your plumbing for winter, or if you’re experiencing issues with your pipes, it’s best to call a professional plumber for assistance.
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