As the temperatures start to drop, it’s essential to get your home ready for winter – and that includes your plumbing. Cold weather can wreak havoc on your pipes and fixtures if they’re not adequately prepared. To help you avoid potential plumbing problems, we’ve compiled a list of tips to get your plumbing winter-ready.
Insulate Exposed Pipes
Exposed pipes, especially those in unheated areas like basements, crawl spaces, or attics, are vulnerable to freezing. Insulating them with pipe sleeves or heat tape can provide an extra layer of protection against the cold.
Seal Cracks and Gaps
Inspect your home’s exterior for any cracks or gaps that could allow cold air to reach your plumbing. Seal them with caulk or insulation to prevent drafts and keep your pipes from freezing.
Disconnect and Store Outdoor Hoses
Disconnect garden hoses from outdoor faucets, drain them, and store them indoors. Leaving hoses attached can cause water to back up into the faucet and pipes, potentially leading to freezing and damage.
Turn Off Exterior Faucets
Shut off the water supply to outdoor faucets and then open the faucet to allow any remaining water to drain out. This simple step can prevent frozen and burst pipes in cold weather.
Keep Cabinets Open
For sinks located along exterior walls, consider leaving cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes. This helps prevent them from getting too cold.
Set Thermostat Temperatures
Maintain a consistent temperature inside your home, even when you’re away. Set your thermostat to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure that your pipes stay above freezing.
Service Your Water Heater
Schedule a professional maintenance check for your water heater before winter hits. This will ensure it’s working efficiently and provide you with hot water throughout the colder months.
Know How to Shut Off Your Water
In case of an emergency, it’s crucial to know how to shut off the main water supply to your home. This knowledge can help prevent extensive water damage in the event of a burst pipe.
Schedule a Professional Inspection
Consider having a licensed plumber perform a thorough inspection of your plumbing system before winter arrives. They can identify any potential issues and make necessary repairs or upgrades.
Taking the time to prepare your plumbing for winter can save you from the headache and expense of dealing with frozen or burst pipes. By following these tips and seeking professional help when needed, you can ensure your plumbing system is ready to handle whatever winter throws its way. If you have any concerns or need assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to Gene Wagner Plumbing for expert guidance and service. Stay warm and worry-free this winter!