How to Winterize your plumbing for the cold

While the severely cold weather is still a few months away, it’s never too early to consider how to prepare your plumbing for the winter months. There are several pieces that you should check, to make sure they are functioning properly at this point. This allows you ample time to make any repairs/replacements and “winterize” your home in the best way possible.

Here are some tips on preparing your plumbing and outdoor accessories for the incoming cold weather. Besides, we’ve heard that in typical 2020 fashion, temperatures will be a little lower this year!

Check For Leaks

Temperature fluctuations during the changing seasons and weather-related wear and tear on your home can cause all sorts of regular maintenance opportunities. It is important to check your plumbing for leaks on a regular basis, especially your outdoor pipes, faucets, spigots, and hoses where these items are exposed to the elements.

While looking around your home, these signs can be much easier to spot than you might think. If you see any visible water dripping from faucets, standing water that is not escaping into the proper drains, slow drains, or are hearing the sound of constant running water, it might be time to have a professional investigate.

Check Your Hoses

It happens all the time, but the worst thing you can do to a garden hose is leave it outside all winter long. This is a sure way to break-down and damage your garden hose much faster.

A good garden hose should last you about five to ten years. One of the easiest ways to extend the life of your garden hose is to coil it, allowing it to last much longer. Storage baskets are also a good option.

If you notice any small holes in your garden hose, they can likely be patched with a simple kit you can purchase at your local hardware store. Worn garden hoses may also begin to kink more often. Be sure to straighten out the garden hose to remove any kinks that could lessen the flow of water and cause leaks. But, if you see a larger amount of leakage and damage in your garden hose, it might be time for a new one come spring.

Examine Your Sprinklers and Sprinkler Systems

Whether you have a small attachable sprinkler or an underground irrigation and sprinkler system, it is important to be sure these items are working properly prior to the winter, and then a couple steps to make sure they last through the cold.

Small attachment sprinklers are easy to put away, but underground systems need a little more maintenance. You’ll want to drain your irrigation system to ensure no water is left in the pipes that could potentially freeze and ultimately shut off the water supply to it.

Another thing to consider is insulating certain areas, such as the water shut off valve and back flow preventers and valves. If you need help winterizing your irrigation system, the professionals at Miller’s Services are here to help.

If you notice any issues with your outdoor plumbing or you have any questions about how to winterize your plumbing systems, give us a call at (804) 581-0001. We’re here for you 24/7!

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