With Fall weather upon us, it’s time to start thinking about prepping your home for winter. From a heating and plumbing perspective, there are a number of preventative measures and checks you can do to make sure you are prepared for the coming winter. By tending to these simple steps now, you can prevent headaches, and even costly mistakes throughout the winter months.
- Disconnect outside hoses from the faucets and drain hoses. If left connected, water can settle in hoses, fixtures, and pipes, and freeze causing expansion and bursting pipes
- Make sure all outside faucets are not leaking or dripping. Have a plumber repair before freezing weather sets in. When pipes freeze, water expands and can cause cracks in any type of piping material, such as copper, plastic, or steel. And, even small cracks can cause big leaks.
- If your home is equipped with interior shut-off valves that lead to outside faucets, close those valves and drain water from the outside lines.
- Cover outside faucets with Styrofoam insulating kit found at any home and garden center.
- Insulate pipes in unheated areas of the home such as garages, or crawl spaces to prevent freezing. Heat tape, insulation, and thermostat-controlled heat cables can protect pipes otherwise prone to freezing.