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Tips to Prepare Your Plumbing for Winter
October 20,2022

Tips to Prepare Your Plumbing for Winter

Winters can be notoriously brutal on plumbing. Taking preventative measures before the temperatures begin to drop can help you keep your plumbing in good working order during wintertime. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing, we understand that winter can be hard on some components of your plumbing system. We’ve compiled a number of tips to help you prepare your plumbing for winter.

1.    Inspect Your Water Heater

You don’t want to be left without hot water during winter. That’s why it’s important to schedule a water heater tune-up service before winter begins. Make sure you drain your water heater and have a maintenance check performed. A qualified plumber will inspect all components of your water heater and make honest recommendations. 

2.    Insulate Pipes in Unheated Areas

One of the most important things to do when preparing your home’s plumbing for winter is to have a plumber insulate all exposed pipes in unheated areas of your home. The pipes in unheated areas such as the basement and crawlspace are more vulnerable to freezing. It is advisable to hire a plumber to insulate your exposed pipes with foam sleeves, heat tape, or other effective insulation to reduce the risk of freezing. 

3.    Maintain Your Sump Pump

With rain and snow being the norm during winter, it’s important to inspect your sump pump before winter arrives. A failing sump pump can put your basement at risk of flooding.

4.    Prepare Any Outdoor Faucets

Your outdoor faucets are particularly vulnerable to the cold weather, so you need to protect them. Ensure that you turn off all outdoor water valves and drain and detach your garden hoses. Store your garden hoses inside your home for the winter. Also, ensure you cover the hose bibs. 

5.    Locate The Main Water Shut-Off Valve

You should know where the main water shut-off valve is located so that you can turn off the water to your home in the event of a burst pipe. Emergencies do happen, even when you’ve taken proper preventative measures to protect your plumbing from freezing temperatures. Knowing where your home or office’s water main is located ahead of time will help you minimize damage in the event that a water pipe bursts.

6.    Take Care of Any Leaks

Another thing you should do before the temperatures start to drop is to have a plumber inspect your plumbing pipes for leaks and fix them. Water leaks can not only hike your water bills, but they can also cause major problems for your system when temperatures dip below freezing. Any leaking areas of your pipes are weak spots that can easily burst when temperatures get colder. Having a trusted plumber inspect your pipes and fix any problematic areas can save you money and headache in the coming winter months. 

Need Help with Preparing Your Plumbing for Winter? Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing

Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing and let our experienced plumbers help you winterize your home. Mr. Rooter Plumbing is a reputable plumbing company that you can rely on for reliable and cost-effective plumbing services.