At Powell’s Plumbing, we get plenty of calls from homeowners dealing with cold-weather damage to their plumbing. Leaks, flooding, inadequate hot water, and pipe clogs are more common during the winter months. However, you can take steps to protect your home!
As the temperature begins to drop and winter approaches, it’s crucial to prepare your plumbing for the frigid months ahead. Cold weather can wreak havoc on your pipes, causing costly damage and inconvenient plumbing issues. To avoid these problems, follow these essential steps to winterize your plumbing and ensure a hassle-free season:
- Insulate Your Pipes: Use foam pipe insulation or heat tape to cover exposed pipes in unheated areas like basements, crawl spaces, and attics.
- Disconnect and Drain Outdoor Hoses: Before the frost arrives, disconnect and drain all outdoor hoses and faucets. Store hoses indoors, and install freeze-proof faucets if possible.
- Seal Cracks and Gaps: Check for cracks, gaps, or holes in your home’s exterior, and seal them with caulk or insulation.
- Maintain Interior Temperatures: Keep your home’s temperature consistent, even when you’re away, to prevent pipes from freezing. Set the thermostat above freezing (around 55°F) during cold spells.
- Insulate Exposed Plumbing: Wrap exposed pipes in unheated areas with insulation or heat tape.
- Allow Faucets to Drip: On very cold nights, allow faucets in vulnerable areas to drip slowly to relieve pressure within the pipes.
- Service Your Water Heater: Ensure your water heater is in good condition by flushing and checking for issues.
- Know Your Main Water Shut-Off Valve: Familiarize yourself with the location of your main water shut-off valve in case of an emergency.
By taking these precautions, you can protect your plumbing system from the harsh winter conditions and avoid costly repairs. Winterizing your plumbing is a proactive measure that will help you enjoy a comfortable and stress-free winter season. Don’t wait until the temperature drops—start preparing your plumbing today! Reach out to us at Powell’s Plumbing to learn more ways to take good care of your home or to schedule your service call today!