How to Winterize Your Home’s Plumbing
When winter comes, are your pipes prone to freezing up? If your house sits empty for any length of time and your water isn’t running, there’s a high chance they’ll freeze over. The winterizing procedure can be done by anyone with the will to prevent pipe and plumbing damage. If you want your plumbing to come out unscathed and ready for spring, here are a few tips to follow to keep your pipes in good shape during the freezing temperatures.
1). Gather Inventory of All Taps and Valves
It’s always best to start with a plan, and preparing for winter is the best place to begin. First, make a checklist of the plumbing pieces in your home – any taps or valves will be a part of the checklist. For each piece that you find, go through the checklist below so you can be sure that you won’t have any surprises come your way.
2). Shut Off Valves, Water Pump and Water Heater
Once you have your list of plumbing parts ready and know where to check, shut off your main water valve and along with the main water pump and water heater. These, once shut off, will help protect the water heater since there won’t be any water in the tank during winter.
3). Open Drain Valves and Taps
Next, go ahead and open all the taps and drain valves in the house. Every tap and valve you open should be checked off on a list to make sure you’ve touched them all. Your closed taps will make a vacuum that holds water in the pipes. The taps and valves can stay open throughout the whole winter season.
4). Open and Drain Hot Water Tank
Open your hot water tank’s drain valve and let the contents run out until it’s empty. Oftentimes hot water tanks will not have a floor drain, so you might need to connect your garden hose first to avoid a mess. This a crucial step in the winterizing process you won’t want to miss.
5). Drain Holding Tank Water
Next, you will need to drain all water in your holding tank, particularly the tank inside the diaphragm made of rubber. This particular part builds pressure. You may use antifreeze as an extra step to your jet pump case.
6). Flush All Toilets in the House
Next, you’ll want to flush all the toilets in order to take out all the water as possible from toilet bowls and tanks. If some water stays behind and not all of it is removed, go ahead and add antifreeze – it will keep water from going frozen which will often lead to a cracked toilet.
7). Check Tub and Sink Drains
Finally, check the drain traps in your sink or tub. Some may have drain taps and some may not. For those that do, add antifreeze on each to keep any frozen water from forming or cracking the traps.
8). Get an Inspection
If you don’t have time to winterize your plumbing, you can save time by calling inspectors to do a thorough plumbing inspection for you. Make sure they check every tap and drain valve as we listed above. If all goes well, you’ll have peace of mind knowing experts winterized your home before winter set in and freezing temperatures had a chance to do any damage.
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