6 Steps to Protect Your Plumbing System this Winter

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6 Steps to Protect Your Plumbing System this Winter


Skagit Plumbing Blog

As we head into another PNW freeze it is important to take the necessary precautions in order to protect your plumbing pipes from the cold to avoid leaks and ruptures. Cold temperatures have a way of elevating existing plumbing problems due to the risk of freezing water, causing backups and splitting both metal and plastic piping. In order to prevent the possibility of plumbing failure take these steps to winterize your plumbing system and if you need any help with these service contact a local plumber to lend a hand!

Fix Known Leaks

A leaky pipe or faucet is more likely to burst because the water will continuously try to move forward. Even if at a very slow drip, drip, drip, the water will enter the pipe and freeze within it. As more and more water tries to enter the pipe it will cause a bigger ice block up, which could split the pipe.

Cover Outdoor Faucets

To prevent hose connections from freezing and bursting be sure to disconnect the garden hose and store it inside during the colder months. Then be sure to use styrofoam or another appropriate material to cover the faucet connection for the winter.

Wrap Exposed Pipes

Using heat tape or another pipe insulation material wrap pipes that are exposed to the elements to give them the best protection possible from freezing temperatures.

Service the Water Heater & Furnace

To ensure your water heater and furnace are operating at optimal performance during the cold months be sure to have them serviced, including a new filter for the furnace.

Flying South for the Winter?

If you plan on being away from your home for an extended period of time this winter you should have your main water supply shut off and consider having your pipes drained. This will ensure there is no standing water in the system that could freeze and cause problems while you're away.

Water Awareness

Make sure everyone in the home knows where the water shut off valve is in the house. That way if there is a burst pipe or other plumbing problem anyone who is home can shut off the water to prevent further damage.

If you need help preparing your plumbing system for winter don't hesitate to contact a plumber. For plumbing winterization in Skagit County and the surrounding area contact the expert plumbers at Skagit Plumbing. We can repair any current leaks, service your water heater and assist with any other plumbing needs! Call Skagit Plumbing today at (360) 854-8535 to schedule an appointment for quality plumbing in Mount Vernon and throughout the Skagit Valley!


Skagit Plumbing Blog

Written By Brian Corey

Published By MORBiZ