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Monday, October 29, 2012

Winterizing Outdoor Plumbing Systems At Your Home

Like most things in our home, we take our plumbing systems for granted, at least until there's a problem. Winter is the time of year we're more likely than ever to see plumbing issues, and the last thing you want to deal with on Christmas morning is a burst pipe, right?


Check out our top tips on winterizing the outdoor plumbing systems at your home before the temps drop:

  • Detach and store outdoor hoses in your garage or shed during Winter. Be sure to let any excess water drain out of your hoses so the standing water in them doesn't attract pests in your garage. Sprinklers should be drained and stored as well.
  • If you have an underground sprinkler system, shut off the water to the system, and drain remaining water inside. An air compressor should take care of the job if you want to DIY it, or you can have your service provider winterize the system for you.
  • After you've detached your hoses, be sure to cover the faucets they were connected to with either an outdoor faucet cover, or, if your'e in a bind, you can cover with a towel or two and secure with a plastic bag and rubber band. Make sure the faucets are as protected as possible to prevent the cold from affecting them.
  • While you're outside, if you notice any leaky pipes or faucets, get those repaired right away.
  • If you have a swimming pool, call out your pool company to prepare it for possible freezes.
  • Insulate any pipes you have in un-heated areas, like your attic or garage, as they can be susceptible to freezing.
  • Don't forget to clean your rain gutters!
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