Winterizing Your House - Tips for Winterizing Plumbing
This article discusses the importance of winterizing your house and offers tips to help you winterize the plumbing.
If you plan to be away from your home for an extended period of time during the winter, you should winterize your house, especially the plumbing. Winterizing the plumbing in your house will prevent busted pipes, which can lead to water damage and huge plumbing expenses.
Here are a few winterizing tips to make the job easier:
- The first step in winterizing your house is to turn off the water at the source. Ask the water company to turn off your water service or if you have no water service company, shut the main valve off yourself.
- Drain all of your outdoor garden hoses, roll them up neatly, and store them somewhere indoors to prevent them form cracking in the cold temperatures.
- Drain all outdoor taps and wrap them with some type of insulating material.
- Open up all of your sink and shower/bath fixtures and let them run until all of the water has drained.
The steps shown above are the bare minimum requirements for winterizing your plumbing. To take it a step further, and make sure your plumbing is completely winterized follow the steps below:
- If possible, drain your hot water heater by opening the valve. Be sure to turn off the power or gas first. (This is good to do once per year, whether you are winterizing your plumbing or not.)
- Flush and empty all of the toilet bowls and toilet tanks.
- Remove and drain the sink traps and clean out plugs from all of your sinks. Then, replace each one and fill with a small amount of RV antifreeze. (This works great for sink traps, but you should never put antifreeze in your dishwasher, drinking system, or washing machine.)