Preparing Your Home’s Plumbing System for Winter

With winter just around the corner, homeowners want to ensure their primary home systems are prepared for the upcoming cold season. This includes several HVAC and furnace areas, and also covers various plumbing components you’ll want to think about before the temperatures drop to freezing.

At My Buddy the Plumber in Provo, our plumbing contractors are here to help. We offer a variety of basic plumbing services, from drain cleaning to water heater repair and many others that will help you prepare for the coldest part of the year. Let’s go over a few important areas to check on during winter plumbing preparation, including some you can handle on your own and others where you may need our plumbers to assist you.

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Leak Concerns

First and foremost, it’s important to ensure there are no leaks present in any major plumbing component or your piping system, even minor leaks. Even small leaks can create big problems during the winter when temperatures fluctuate between freezing and above-freezing, which causes water to freeze and un-freeze and change its dimensions in the process – pipes with small leaks risk water expanding and creating major cracks or even burst pipes.

For the most complete inspection here, it’s best to enlist our plumbers. We’ll evaluate your entire plumbing system for any signs of small leaks, identifying them before they grow into larger concerns this winter plus providing comprehensive repair solutions if needed.

Outdoor Faucet Winterization

If you have any outdoor water sources still functioning at this time of year, it’s time to turn them off to block any water from remaining in them and freezing. This includes water hoses, sprinkler systems and any other possible sources. Drain and disconnect any hoses and store them safely, plus ensure any exposed pipe areas are both drained and protected for the upcoming winter.

Pipe Insulation

There may be areas of your piping system where freezing becomes a risk during the coldest parts of the winter, particularly exposed areas like under your sink. These should be insulated with quality insulation foam, which will stop any freezing risks before they get started. If you’re not sure what to do here, contact our pros for assistance.

Primary Water Main

Finally, you always have to be prepared in case of a plumbing emergency, particularly during the winter. This means knowing the location of your home’s primary water main, which has a shutoff valve you can use to stop the flow of water throughout the home if you experience major water damage, flooding or some other concern due to a burst pipe or similar event. Not only will this save you major damage risks, it may also save you a huge sum of money based on water that isn’t wasted.

For more on preparing your plumbing system for the upcoming winter, or to learn about any of our plumbing or HVAC services, speak to the staff at My Buddy the Plumber today.