Preparing your home plumbing for the winter season can mean the difference between an easy winter and an expensive repair bill. There are a few simple steps you can take to get your home ready to handle colder temperatures. Look at this list of some of the top things you should do to get your home ready for the winter season.
Drain Outdoor Faucets and Irrigation Systems
Drain all outdoor water. Flush out the faucets on the foundation of your home and shut them off for the winter. Any water left in the line can freeze, expand, and crack, causing expensive damage. The same goes for any lawn irrigation equipment and garden hoses in your yard. Be sure to remove all the water from the hose and put it away for the following season.
Any hardware or home improvement store sells foam insulation sleeves to wrap around your water pipes. They may also sell tank wraps to wrap up your water heater for more efficiency. Using this extra layer of foam helps keep the pipes at a steady temperature all winter long, keeping you from any nasty surprises. It is an easy installation process, and you can cut the foam to fit any strange lengths.
Clean Your Gutters
In preparation for the winter season, be sure to clean out your gutters. Leaves and other debris that become trapped in the gutters can block the flow of water. When the water backs up and freezes, it is a huge problem for your home and for your roof. Don’t wait until it is too late. Instead, perform this easy maintenance task at the end of the season to be sure your home is ready for the falling temperatures.
One more winter preparation tip is to have a professional inspection of your plumbing system. Our team of trained professionals can spot a small problem before it becomes a much larger problem, making the inspection a huge lifesaver. Interested? Give our office a call to set up an appointment today. With these three simple tricks, you’ll be all ready to tackle the winter season.