Winter is coming!
Sorry, to be the bearer of bad news, but winter is on its way here. Probably approaching faster that you wanted it to. With that in mind, it’s extremely important that you’ve thought about a few plumbing “must do’s” before the freeze. In this blog post, we’ll highlight 5 things you must do before winter arrives.
Just a reminder, the time to do these is now!
- Disconnect hoses: Make sure you disconnect your hose(s) from their hose bibs. This ensures that water is not left in the hose or bib, which could freeze (and expand) in cold temperatures, causing a burst pipe. It’s pretty easy to do, just retire your hose(s) for the year!
Insulate the vulnerable pipes: If you have an attic, or other - non insulated - area, make sure that your vulnerable pipes have some sort of insulation. This will protect them from freezing, and potentially bursting, in cold temps.
Locate & label your main water shut off valve: In preparation of the absolute worst, be sure that you - and your entire family - know where the main water shut off valve is. This can save excessive damage should a pipe burst.
Keep your heat on at least 55 degrees: If you plan on traveling this winter, it’s wise to keep your heat on and running at at least 55 degrees. This will help keep pipes warm throughout the winter, protecting them from freezing.
Fix any leaks: Leaks, even patched leaks, are vulnerable areas to experience a break. With this in mind, it’s time now to adequately repair any leaks you may have patched up over the summer. Hiring a professional will do much to ensure you’re protected this winter.
These simple tips can make all of the difference when protecting your home this winter. They’re easy, and essential to the safety of your family and home. If you have any questions, shoot us a message.
-A R Engh Team