Get Your Ducks in a Row Before the Snow

Keep your ducks in a row as we prepare for freezing weather. Winterizing your plumbing system is crucial to prevent frozen pipes and potential damage during cold weather. Here are some general steps to help you winterize your plumbing system:

1. Insulate Pipes:
• Insulate exposed pipes, especially those in unheated areas such as the attic, basement, or crawl spaces. You can use pipe insulation sleeves or wrapping materials.

2. Seal Leaks:
• Seal any gaps or cracks in walls, windows, and doors to prevent cold air from entering and reaching your pipes.

3. Disconnect and Drain Outdoor Hoses:
• Disconnect and drain garden hoses. Store them indoors to prevent damage. Shut off outdoor water faucets and drain the water from the pipes.

4. Insulate Outdoor Faucets:
• Use faucet insulators or wrap outdoor faucets with towels, rags, or foam covers to protect them from freezing temperatures.

5. Locate and Shut Off Water Valves:
• Know the location of your main water shut-off valve. If you have a separate shut-off valve for outdoor faucets, turn it off and drain the remaining water.

6. Drain Irrigation Systems:
• If you have an irrigation system, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to drain it completely.

7. Insulate the Water Heater:
• If your water heater is in an unheated area, consider insulating it with a water heater blanket.

8. Keep Interior Heat On:
• Maintain a consistent temperature in your home, especially if you plan to be away during cold weather. Set the thermostat to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit. \

9. Open Cabinet Doors:
• Open cabinet doors under sinks to allow warm air to circulate around pipes.

10. Monitor Weather Forecasts:
• Stay informed about upcoming weather conditions. If an extremely cold spell is predicted, take extra precautions.

11. Consider Freeze Alarms:
• Install a freeze alarm that will alert you if the temperature drops below a certain level in your home.

12. Arrange for Regular Checks:
• If you’re going to be away for an extended period during weather, ask a neighbor or hire someone to check your home regularly and make sure everything is in order.

11. Drip Your Faucets: 

  • Dripping the faucets keeps the water moving to keep it from freezing or becoming stagnant, which facilitates freezing. 

By taking these precautions, you can help prevent frozen pipes and potential water damage to your plumbing system during the winter months. Call #RubADubPlumbing for #squeakyclean service today!

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