Tips For Winterizing Your Plumbing

Getting your house ready for winter is important; ignoring the changing weather can mean big problems for your plumbing. Some effects of not winterizing your plumbing and pipes include: cracked or busted pipes, expensive water damage due to flooding, wood rot, mold growth, exposure to raw sewage, and even pest infestation.

Tips for winterizing your indoor plumbing

  • Insulate all pipes that are in unheated areas so they won’t freeze
  • Close off your crawlspace and secure with foam insulation
  • Open cabinets under and around sinks and other plumbing to allow for more heat to reach your pipes
  • Even if you won’t be home, keep your thermostat on so the temperature inside doesn’t drop below 58 degrees so pipes don’t get too cold
  • If you know the temperature is supposed to drop below freezing, turn your faucets on so that they are just barely dripping. This will cause pressure to build up between the faucet and any ice blockage so that even if your pipes freeze they won’t bust
  • Get your water heater maintained before the winter seasons start
  • Familiarize yourself with your plumbing system. Everyone in your house should know where all your water shut off valves are located to avoid expensive water damage in an emergency

Tips for winterizing your outdoor plumbing

  • Fix all exterior cracks with caulk and foam insulation to keep freezing cold air away from your pipes
  • Disable sprinkler systems and make sure all water has been drained
  • Drain water from pools and hot tubs, cleaning them out at this time is a good idea, too.
  • Keep your sump pump maintained to avoid expensive water damage from flooding
  • Make sure all outdoor faucets and waterlines are turned off
  • Put foam covers on all outdoor faucets
  • Remove and put away all hoses from the yard

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