As winter arrives it’s time to think about ways to winterize your plumbing for the cold winter months ahead. Anytime the temperature falls below 0° C there is a risk of pipes developing leaks. That’s why it’s important to winterize your plumbing. Few things are as inconvenient and miserable than suffering frozen or burst water pipes. A few simple precautions and a preventative inspection can prevent this most of the time.
Inside Your Home
Do a good inspection around the home and find areas where pipes are exposed to cold air. Close up any crawl space vents and use extra insulation over any openings. If there are exposed pipes running in a crawl space, it’s a good idea to have them fitted professionally with pipe insulation 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 hose and store them. If there are shut-off valve for outdoor faucets, turn them off as well. Always remove hoses of off hose bibbs, even if they are “frost free”. For underground sprinkler systems contact a professional plumbing or sprinkler company to drain and blow out any water in the pipes there.
Always know where the main shutoff valve is in the house. Our team is available to assist you with winterizing your plumbing the Ladner, White Rock or Tsawwassen area. 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.