How to Prep Your Plumbing for the Colder Months

By taking a few simple steps before the cold weather arrives, you could prevent outdoor pipes from freezing. Being proactive long before temperatures drop is a smart strategy. Here are a few preventative practices to follow.

Check for Leaks Now

Leaky pipes can freeze more readily, so get them repaired right away. It can save you money on your utility costs and reduce the odds of the pipe freezing. If you suspect you have a hidden leak, contact a plumbing expert to locate the issue and get it repaired.

Properly Protect Exposed Pipes

Insulating pipes in unheated locations can slow the freezing process, but it cannot stop it. Wrapping them with fiberglass pipe insulation as well as plastic insulation wrap is a good start. Before insulating in this way, add a second layer of protection by installing a heat cable first. Attach the heat cable to the pipe to keep the pipes warm inside, and then insulate and wrap. The heat cable has a thermostat that knows when to turn the heat on to protect the pipe.

Maintain Plumbing Year-Round

Keeping up with seasonal plumbing maintenance on your home is vital. It’s particularly important if you notice changes in your water bill. This can be a sign of a problem inside or outside your structure. A trained plumber from Stolhand-Wells Plumbing, Heating, and Air can help you identify plumbing issues before they grow.

Shut Off and Drain Outdoor Pipes

Turn off outdoor faucets and drain the pipes before winter. It’s best to turn off the water at the pipe shutoff valve and then open the bleeder valve to drain the pipe. If you forget to drain the pipe, the pipe can freeze. If the shutoff valve continues to drip after being closed, the valve should be replaced right away.

Stolhand-Wells Plumbing, Heating, and Air is a trusted plumbing company serving property owners in Ponca City and surrounding communities. We offer video inspections, sewer and drain cleaning services, and new system installations. Call us today to schedule a plumbing inspection for your property. We also offer heating and cooling services.

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