When you are going about your daily life, the change of the seasons can all of a sudden sneak up on you and surprise you. However, if you are a homeowner, you never want to find yourself unprepared for a seasonal change. If you are wondering what you can do to ensure that your home is ready for winter, you may want to start going through your house one area or system at a time. Get to know some of the steps that you can and should take to make sure that your plumbing is ready for winter so t hat you can start preparing your home as soon as possible.
Turn Off And Cover Outside Plumbing Fixtures
As winter approaches, you will not need to water your lawn or garden anymore. And this means that you can and should prepare for winter by turning off your outdoor plumbing fixtures. This means finding the valve inside your home that controls each outdoor fixture you have and tuning the water supply to that fixture off.
After you have turned the valve, you will want to make sure all hoses are detached from the fixture and that any water remaining in the pipe has a chance to drain out of the fixture or dry up. You can wait anywhere from 24 to 48 hours or more for this process to be complete or can shorten it if you are rushing before a big storm.
Once the fixture has drained as much as possible, you can then place a cap or cover over the fixture. This will further protect the fixture and the pipes that lead to it from freezing and other cold-related damage in the winter season.
Insulate Any Exposed Pipes In Your Home
Winter is hard on your home in general and particularly on your plumbing. Frozen pipes are one of the biggest problems in the winter. The best way to combat this issue is to insulate your pipes as much as possible.
Throughout your home, particularly in the lower level of your home, you may have pipes that are exposed. These are the most vulnerable to freezing and should be wrapped in pipe insulation. You can also further prepare your home plumbing and HVAC system for winter by using insulation blankets to wrap both your water heater and furnace which can further keep the pipes throughout your home warm and protected from the harsh chill of winter.
Now that you know a few of the ways that you can make sure your plumbing is ready for winter, you can be sure that you get started and take care of your home and plumbing system as well as possible going forward into winter.