Winter is here and if you haven’t winterized your plumbing yet or are unsure how too, we’ve got you covered with a helpful guide!
The last thing you need is a plumbing issue this winter, whether it’s a pipe freezing and bursting or water flow issues, it is all a major hassle. To help you avoid such scenarios, be sure to review our plumbing winterization steps.
5 Plumbing Winterization Steps
Step 1 | Shut off the external water supplyLocate and shut-off the external water supply valve. Remove hoses and store indoors; open all external faucets to let out any residual water.
Step 2 | Install faucet coverInstalling a faucet cover is inexpensive and helps prevent snow and ice from accumulating in and around the faucet.
Step 3 | Insulate accessible water pipes
Insulating your pipes is a good step to take to avoid freezing pipes. Many products are available to achieve this, just ask your local hardware store. For pipes, you are concerned about but cannot reach contact a certified plumber.
Step 4 | Ensure foundation vents are closed
If you have vents that lead to your home's foundation, it’s a good idea to make closing them a part of your plumbing winterization process. This will help prevent external pipes from freezing and, keep warm air in the basement/crawl space.
Step 5 | Irrigation system winterization
If you do not drain the eater lines of your irrigation system in the winterization process you are running the risk of a pipe freezing and bursting. This can lead to a costly repair bill come spring. Line draining is best done by a licenced professional.
We hope our plumbing winterization guide helps you avoid a wet and messy disaster this winter! If you’re looking for other ways to prepare your home for winter, read this.
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