Prepare Your Plumbing For Winter

From when to repair leaks to locating your home's main water shutoff, quick, easy to follow plumbing tips just in time for winter. Plus RSVP for Michael & Son's free plumbing class.

Friday, Dec 14, 2012  |  Updated 3:44 PM EDT
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Prepare Your Plumbing For Winter

NBCDFW.com

Homeowners should take precautions to prevent their pipes from freezing.

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This article is sponsored by Michael & Son, the leading full-service plumbing, electrical, HVAC and remodeling company serving the Washington D.C. area for over 30 years. Learn more about Michael & Son at MichaelandSon.com.

It was only a week ago that Hurricane Sandy was ravaging the East Coast and now D.C. area residents are already dealing with near freezing temperatures. Unfortunately, it looks like these extreme weather conditions are here to stay.

So, rather than be unprepared for the plummeting temps, it's time to get your house in order. The first thing to feel the effects of frigid winter weather is your home's plumbing system. Winter plumbing issues can range from damaged sprinkler systems to indoor flooding caused by burst pipes.

Thankfully, with just a little preparation, most winter plumbing issues can be avoided. Today, we will be going over a quick checklist to get your home’s plumbing system ready for the season ahead.

Locate Main Water Shut Off

If you don’t already know where to find your home's main water shut off, now is a good time to look for it. The main valve is usually found inside a utility closet; however, each home is different. In the event of a plumbing emergency, shutting down the main water valve is the first thing you’ll want to do.

Sprinkler Systems

Of all your homes plumbing systems and appliances, the sprinkler is most exposed to the elements. Prepare your sprinkler system for the winter by shutting off the main water supply and then turning on the sprinklers. This will flush out any water that has collected in the hoses and keep them from freezing over.

Outdoor Hoses
Make sure to disconnect and remove all outdoor hoses from the hose bib. A frozen hose can completely damage the bib, which can be a costly repair.

Insulate Exposed Pipes
Exposed pipes in your home are the most likely to freeze in below zero temperatures. Insulate exposed pipes using inexpensive and easy to install foam wrap. Insulating your pipes will protect them from freezing temperatures and help cut down on your energy bills.

Repair Existing Leaks
Even the smallest leak can be a big problem when the temperature drops. Make sure to repair all leaks, no matter how minor, before the cold hits.

Preparing your home for the winter season is simple, inexpensive and will help avoid serious plumbing issues. To learn more about how to maintain your home's plumbing, sign up for Michael & Son's free plumbing class taking place this Saturday, November 10 at 9 a.m. To RSVP, click here.

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