Winter is coming, and along with it come cold temperatures and potential plumbing problems.
Below are some simple tips to get your home ready for winter.
Inside your home:
- Make sure pipes are well-insulated; close vents to your crawl space and insulate the openings
- If your laundry room or a bathroom is right next to the garage, keep the garage door closed to retain heat
- If your bathroom vanity or kitchen sink is along an outside wall, keep the cabinet doors open to allow more heat inside around the pipes.
- Always leave your heat set at least 55 degrees F while you’re gone
Outside your home:
- Disconnect your garden hoses
- Turn off the water supply to, and drain irrigation and sprinkler systems
- As a preventative measure, make sure you know where your main water shut-off is. After a pipe burst and your house is flooding is a bad time to realize you don’t know where to turn the water.
What to do if you do have a frozen pipe:
- Call a professional plumber
- Do NOT use a blowtorch to thaw a pipe. Many people have inadvertently set their house on fire!
Following these simple tips to get your home ready for winter can minimize the risk of a burst pipe and the consequences of a water leak.