Whether you’re planning a trip away from the Arlington area or are enjoying the winter weather locally, preparing your home for winter is absolutely essential. One of the most important components of your home to winterize is your plumbing system, which can become vulnerable as temperatures drop. Here are a few tips to help you better winterize your plumbing:
Insulate Your Plumbing
The most basic step to winterizing your home’s plumbing is to insulate your pipes. Exposed water and drain pipes throughout your home should be covered in plumbing insulation or tape to prevent them from freezing. Pay special attention to exposed plumbing near outside walls, as these are more likely to freeze than plumbing closer to the center of your home.
Drain Outdoor Plumbing
Another basic step in plumbing winterization is to drain all the water from your outdoor plumbing. Spigots and irrigation systems should be professionally drained and winterized by a local Arlington plumber to prevent freezing and bursting as temperatures dip. Plumbing attachments, like hoses and nozzles, should be removed, cleaned, and stored to prevent damage.
Flush Your Water Heater
Because your home’s demand for hot water will probably be higher during the winter, preparing your water heater for several months of heavy use is important. Flush your water heater as soon as possible to get rid of all sediment that has built up over the past few months. This ensures more efficient water heater use and the lowest energy costs.
Have your Plumbing Inspected
Finally, have your home plumbing system inspected by a plumbing professional. Plumbers will be able to proactively identify plumbing issues and provide preventative maintenance services to ensure safe and problem-fee plumbing throughout the winter.
For professional plumbing services in the Arlington area, contact All Plumbing, Inc. We provide high-quality general plumbing services, including drain and water main repair, hydrojetting, and more. Call (571) 451-2971 to schedule an appointment.