As the warm summer months turn into crisp fall days, you want to begin to think about the best ways to winterize your plumbing for the cold winter months ahead. Anytime the temperature falls below 0° C, you run the risk of pipes developing leaks. That’s why it’s important now, to winterize your plumbing. Few things are as inconvenient and miserable than suffering frozen or burst water pipes, especially when it could have been avoided with a few simple precautions and a preventative inspection
Inside your home. Do a good inspection all around the interior of your home, and find areas where pipes are exposed to cold air or wind. You will want to close up any crawl space vents and use extra insulation over any openings. If there are exposed pipes running in a crawl space, you will want to have them fitted professionally with insulated pipe fittings to prevent them from freezing. An inspection can also identify any cracks in the foundation, as even a small opening can bring in the brutal winter winds.
Outside your home. Before winter temperatures arrive, be sure to disconnect garden hoses and store them. If you have a shut-off valve for outdoor faucets, you may wish to turn that off as well. Always remove hoses of off hose bibbs, even if they are “frost free”. For underground sprinkler systems, you’ll want to contact a professional plumbing or sprinkler company to drain and blow out any water in the pipes there.
Always know where your main shutoff valve is in the house. The team at Boundary Bay Mechanical is available to assist you with any questions you may have about winterizing your plumbing in your Ladner, White Rock or Tsawwassen home. After all, you don’t want to wait for the day you turn on the faucet to no water. Contact us today for a free consultation.