Winter in Massachusetts is associated with snow and frigid temperatures.
While it is important to keep yourself warm, you need to dedicate some
time winterizing your home’s plumbing to keep them in great condition
when the temperatures drop.
Failure to prepare your pipes for the winter can result in serious issues
and costly repairs. Since a significant amount of money is spent over
the holiday season, the last thing you want to happen is a major plumbing
repair to fix.
The following are several ways to prepare your plumbing for the cold months ahead:
Insulate exposed pipes – Protecting the pipes in your home from extremely low temperatures
is one of the most important things to do. Water lines coursing through
your attic, garage, and crawl space are susceptible to freezing during
the winter season. Purchase pipe insulation and heating tape and wrap
a layer of insulation in each exposed area.
Winterize outside faucets – Your outdoor faucets are also exposed to frigid weather conditions.
If any water within in faucets freezes, pressure can build up and cause
a pipe burst. To protect them, disconnect and drain any connected hoses,
then shut off the water to your outdoor faucets, if there is a separate
Check your furnace – Although your heating system is not part of your plumbing, if your furnace
stops providing heat throughout your home during winter, your plumbing
will be vulnerable to freezing and damage. Ensure your heater is performing
at peak efficiency before the cold weather consumes the region.
Service your water heater –It is important to drain and maintain your water heater around this time
of year. A professional plumber can service your unit by checking the
tank’s anode rod and any signs of corrosion or wear and make the
Locate your home’s main water valve – In the event of a serious emergency, such as a pipe burst, you need to
immediately shut off all of the water to avoid suffering more damage.
This valve is often found next to the water meter.
Seek professional help – At
Winters Home Services, our Cambridge plumbers are licensed and insured to conduct plumbing maintenance
to safeguard your home against the elements this winter.
To schedule a plumbing repair and maintenance,
contact us and request an appointment today.