The cold is here and here to stay for the next few months. Even if you got behind on your prep work, there is still time to get your home up to par for the coming cold weather storms. While you get your home ready, make sure to prep your plumbing system. Make sure to prepare your pipes to protect them from freezing. Taking the time now before more consistent freezing temperatures set in could prevent your pipes from bursting, causing costly water damage.
If you are not an expert, don’t worry. There are some winterization steps you can take, even without being a licensed professional. Of course, if you notice anything questionable in your plumbing system or need help with winterizing your pipes and plumbing, make sure to call in experts like the technicians at Heaney Plumbing & Heating.
Let’s take a look at the steps you can take right now to winterize your plumbing.
1. Make a List
Your first step is to make a list of your plumbing locations that need to be prepped. Consider pipes below sinks, exposed piping in the basement and attic, and any connections to appliances in the basement.
2. Shut Off the Main Water Valve
This includes the water pump and heater. Taking this step will protect the appliance by removing the water from the tank.
3. Open Your Drain Valves and Taps
You need to leave these open so you avoid a vacuum containing water in your pipes. Water in your pipes is most at risk for freezing.
4. Clear Your Pipes, Forcibly
Get an air compressor so you can blow out all lingering water in your pipes.
5. Open Your Hot Water Tank
More specifically, open your tank’s drain valve. Make sure to wait until it completely empties.
6. Clear Your Toilets
Flush the toilets so you can remove as much water as you can. If leaving any water inside, add some antifreeze to stop the liquid from solidifying.
7. More Antifreeze
Add antifreeze to sinks and tubs to make sure the pipes won’t freeze.
Getting a Professional on Your Side for Your Plumbing Winterization
Once you take these steps, your home will be better set up to defend against the cold. Frozen pipes are no joke. If any of these steps seems beyond your ability or you notice other problems with your plumbing system, call in the pros at Heaney Plumbing & Heating. We have been serving the tri-county area in Michigan for more than 50 years.
Give the expert team at Heaney Plumbing & Heating a call today at (313) 371-3766 for quick service