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Winter Plumbing Tips

Winter is great!  It’s a time for warm beverages, indoor game nights, hoodies, and a number of other things like snow.  Winter can also wreak havoc on a plumbing system in the form of frozen or broken pipes.  We want you to be prepared for potential winter plumbing issues, which is why we have compiled a list of helpful winter plumbing tips.

Perform an inspection.

In just about every blog post, we have mentioned this because it’s so important to know the condition of your outdoor faucets as well as pipes.  Before it gets too cold to do so, take a walk around your house and inspect the condition of your faucets.  If you have hoses still attached, remove them and drain the water from them before putting them away.  Be sure to check indoor faucets too for leaks and/or cracks

Drain your water heater.

It’s a good idea to drain your water heater before the cold weather hits to avoid any potential trouble before it’s too late.  By draining and flushing your water heater, you will flush out any built-up sediment that can cause rust and, in some cases, leaks or cracks.

Clean up the yard.

Thankfully, we don’t have to worry about much snow here in Texas, but we do have to worry about debris, leaves, and branches.  When these things build up, they can prevent proper drainage. It’s also a good idea to clean the gutters out too.

Prepare for freezing weather.

When those freezing weather warnings or watches go out, it’s good practice to take preventative measures.  Open up the doors of cabinets where pipes are against exterior walls.  This will help warm air flow to those pipes to prevent freezes.  Leave a couple of faucets dripping as this will take pressure off of the pipes and will also prevent freezing.

The cold weather is coming, it’s time to protect your home from potential winter plumbing damage. If you have a question that isn’t handled by our list of winter plumbing tips, we are happy to assist in any way that we can to get your home winter ready.  Contact us today!