How to Prepare Your Plumbing for Winter

It doesn’t matter where you live; winter can often be an unpredictable season. This means it is important to make some preparations to your plumbing to avoid any costly damage. Here we have outlined some basic modifications you can make to ensure you and your plumbing are ready for this winter season.

Fix Any Current Leaks

If you’ve had a pesky leak going for a few months, winter is the time to get it fixed. Even if you think you’ve been safe from any leaks, check your pipes just to be sure. A small leak might not seem like such a big deal now, but that leak can turn into a frozen pipe during the colder months.

Prepare Exposed Pipes

Protecting pipes that are in unheated areas of the house is extremely crucial during cold winters. There are kits available at hardware stores, or you can get heat tape and pipe insulation. If you have any questions about preparing pipes, you can reach out to one of our plumbers for extra guidance.

Monitor Your Other Residences

If you don’t plan on visiting your vacation home or if you have an empty property you are trying to sell, you should shut off all the water in those houses. Shutting off the water prevents pipes from freezing and bursting, problems that could cost you thousands of dollars in damage. You can also call us to schedule an appointment to drain the pipes for you.

What You Should Do if Your Pipes Freeze

If your pipes still manage to freeze despite your best efforts, there are some things you should and should not do. The first thing you will need to do is shut off the main valve to further prevent leaks. Next, you will need to find the source of the freeze and work on thawing the pipe. You can take a towel soaked in hot water and wrap it around the pipe or use a hair dryer. It is very important you do not try and use a flame to reheat a pipe.

Winter can be a very fun season, but can also mean a lot of preparation. Taking the right precautions can help the season go smoothly. If you are uncertain about what steps to take to prepare your home for winter, call us and we will be happy to assist you.