The winter season is here, and if you’re like most Texans, you’ve already stocked up on the essentials to keep your family warm – blankets, food for the pantry, and plenty of firewood (just in case.) You may not realize it yet, but your plumbing system also needs a little TLC before cold weather hits! Here are four tips from the pros at C&C Slab Leaks and Plumbing on how to prepare your plumbing system now so that problems don’t arise later.
Drain Water From Exterior Faucets
Many homes have a spigot located outside for garden hoses, and this is an area that can often be forgotten about during the winterizing process. Exterior house faucets should not remain connected to a hose since they are exposed to outdoor elements year-round. Start by turning off the water supply to exterior faucets and allow them to drain.
Wrap Exposed Pipes With Insulation or Heat Tape
The easiest way for cold air entering your home is through unprotected plumbing lines that are located along outside walls, crawl spaces, basements, garages, or attics where they run behind windows or doors. You can prevent this by wrapping exposed pipes with insulation or heat tape. Furthermore, uninsulated pipes that run through exterior walls and unheated spaces should be wrapped in insulation too.
Insulate Your Water Heater
The main job of a home’s water heater is to provide hot water for showers, laundry, and dishes — and the best way you can work towards keeping it running throughout winter is by ensuring that it stays warm! Wrap the tank in an insulating blanket and turn the temperature up to 120 degrees.
Call Your Plumber
If you have been putting off home repairs or planning to call a professional during the warmer months, winterizing your plumbing system now will make it much easier for them! C&C Slab Leaks and Plumbing in Dallas is here to help with any of your plumbing needs this winter season — whether taking preventative measures to protect your home or dealing with winter plumbing problems.
It is important to take the time now in order to prepare your home for winter by making sure that its plumbing system gets some TLC. Call C&C Slab Leaks and Plumbing at (972) 486-9373 or contact us online if you have any questions or would like an estimate on services!