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Protect Your Pipes: 7 Ways to Winterize Your Home’s Plumbing

Protect Your Pipes: 7 Ways to Winterize Your Home’s Plumbing

Winter is coming, there is no denying or getting around that. The temperatures are getting colder and many places have already experienced their first snowfall of the season.  Homeowners need to prepare their homes for the frigid cold that will soon be coming.

Plumbing fixtures need to be properly cared for before the frigid winter weather is here to stay. If your plumbing is not prepared for the next season, your pipes could quickly freeze and burst from the pressure of the expanding ice. This can cause extensive damage to your property.  To get ready for the cold, take care of your plumbing by:

1. Get Your Plumbing Inspected

If you have noticed problems with your water system in the warm months, get them fixed by a professional. Any outstanding issues with your fixtures, piping, main lines, and drains should be inspected by a professional plumber before the cold weather settles in. It is easier to fix a lot of problems before the ground freezes. You will save money and stress by fixing leaks, drips, cracks, plugs, and other problems before they become bigger, more damaging issues.

2. Insulate Your Pipes

Hardware stores sell insulated tubing to protect your pipes. It is relatively cheap, but very effective in keeping your water pipes warm and protected from the cold. If you haven’t already done so, go to your local retail outlet, pick up several insulation noodles and wrap all your exposed piping, especially in your basement or crawl space where it tends to get colder.

3. Drain Water Lines You Do Not Use

If you have waterlines that you will not be using during the freezing season, empty them so there is no extra fluid sitting idle in the piping. To empty them, turn the main water source to that line off, then open the tap and let the water run out. Once the inside is empty, you can turn the tap off.

4. Get Your Water Tank Inspected

If you have an older tank, you should have a professional come in to inspect it before the bitter cold hits your area. The frigid season will test every appliance and quickly over tax any problems or issues. Instead of waiting till the tank breaks down, get it inspected early to avoid excessive water damage.

5. Insulate Your Water Tank

Insulating blankets can be purchased to at hardware stores. They are an inexpensive way to keep your receptacle warm and protected. Once you have had your water tank inspected, protect it with an insulation wrap.

6. Keep Your Home Warm

One of the best ways to prevent your pipes from freezing is to keep your home warm. Water cannot turn to ice when the interior is above freezing. Look for, and fix areas that are cooling your home. If your basement or crawlspace is cold, insulate the area and hire a professional to add heating to the space.

7. Put Away the Hoses

Your watering hoses do not need to be outdoors during winter. Remove them from the external tap, drain the tubing, and put them away till next spring.

Plumbing is an essential part of any home. Protecting it from the coming winter is essential to keeping your water vessels working properly. Before the cold season officially begins, winterize your water pipes and vessels to protect them from freezing.