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Get You Home Ready For Winter

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 7:34am

Okay Centre County residents, winter has finally arrived (even after our efforts of keeping the unusually warm weather). Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Happy Valley has some tips to keep your plumbing ready for winter. September/October is the optimal time to prepare your home for cold winter weather. However, we all embraced the unusually warm weather for too long.

  1. Turn off all outdoor hose-bibbs and disconnect your hoses. The water will freeze, causing your hose-bibb to crack.
  2. Insulate water lines and in some cases drain lines. No matter what kind of house you live in, it is always a good idea to insulate your water lines to keep your hot water hot. Now if you have a crawl space it is in your favor to insulate your pipes to prevent your water lines and sometimes your drain lines from freezing. Wrapping heat tape around your pipes is another great way to prevent your pipes from freezing in those near zero temperatures.
  3. Eliminate drafts in your home. Check areas where you have water lines like your kitchen and bathroom. Seal and insulate drafty areas. You should, also, seal your windows and doors or replace them.
  4. Flush sprinkler systems. Your irrigation system is likely to have water collected in the pipes and will freeze in cold weather. Turn off the water at the main shut off valves of your system. When the pressure is off they will drain down much of the water. The best method to drain the water in your sprinkler system is to have a professional blow it out with compressed air.
  5. Clean gutters. Inspect and remove debris from your gutters. Gutters must remain free of debris to drain properly as it freezes and thaws throughout colder months.
  6. Locate your main shut off valve. In the event of an emergency, you will need to know where to shut off your water supply.

If you need any help with your winterizing and thawing needs, call your Mr. Rooter Plumbing.

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