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Take the Time to Winterize Your Home Plumbing

Take the Time to Winterize Your Home Plumbing

It's easy to overlook preparing your pipes for winter when the weather is warm. But taking the time to winterize your pipes before Old Man Winter arrives will prevent frozen pipes and costly emergency calls to your plumber. Here's what you need to do to prevent your plumbing from freezing when temperatures drop this winter.

1. Outside Faucets and Water Fixtures

It's easy to forget about your outside faucets and water fixtures once you stop using them in the fall, but they pose a risk of freezing and bursting, too. Disconnect your garden hose or hoses to water fountains and exterior water features and drain the lines. Water left in the line can freeze and burst during the winter. This is also the time to turn off the water supply to outside spigots and drain those lines, too. Look near your main water supply source in the basement for the pipe that runs to your outside faucets and turn it off. Go outside and turn the faucets on and let them drain completely. This bleeds the line so it cannot freeze during the winter. Turn the faucet off and you're finished with this area.

2. Insulate Your Pipes 

Foam pipe insulation is easy-to-use and can be cut to any length. Cover your exposed pipes with insulation to prevent freezing when temperatures drop below freezing. You can use other forms of insulation, but in most circumstances, pipe insulation is the best method. You can get pipe insulation from your plumber. In fact, he'd be happy to install it for you! You simply have to ask. You also can purchase it at your local home improvement center or hardware store.

Watch your weather forecast and let the faucets drip whenever overnight temperatures are expected to drop below freezing. This keeps the pipe open and prevents water from sitting in the pipe and freezing.

3. Seal Off Crawl Spaces

Crawl spaces are necessary to access your pipes, but they can also pose an added risk of freezing. You'll need to seal them off to prevent cold drafts from entering and reaching your pipes. Likewise, it's important to seal any cracks around basement windows or cellar doors. Look for areas where a draft can enter and seal all cracks and openings with weather sealer, caulking or foam insulation. Keeping cold air out will keep your home warmer and may save you from the mess and cost of burst pipes in the middle of the winter.

4. Open Cabinet Doors Under Sinks 

Pipes under sinks are a common location for freezing in the winter. To avoid this, open your cabinet doors at night to allow heat from the home to circulate around the pipes. In extremely cold weather, you may need to keep the cabinet doors open during the day too.

5. Drip Water from Faucets on Cool Nights

Another method for preventing freezing pipes is to turn your faucets on and to let them drip during the night. This keeps the pipe open and prevents water from sitting in the pipe and freezing. Watch your weather forecast and let the faucets drip whenever overnight temperatures are expected to drop below freezing.

We'd be glad to give you a hand in winterizing your plumbing for the winter. Contact us today to make an appointment or to discuss your options.