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Prepare Your Home’s Plumbing for a Winter Storm

While you may not have to worry about pipes freezing during the winter months in Sacramento, you should prepare your plumbing for unusual cold fronts and the potential of flooding. Heavy rains can cause problems with your drains and sewer lines. You may also have issues with other pipes because of the ground settling.

  • Consider having your drains cleaned before the next big winter storm. If you have debris in your pipes, it is easier for sewage to back up and slow draining.
  • Check the drains outside of your home and in your basement to make sure they are cleared. If there is flooding, it is much worse if water can’t flow freely.
  • Consider checking your gutters as you check the outside drains. While gutters aren’t typically part of plumbing, they can affect how the plumbing in your home works, or cause flooding. You can also have water damage on the inside and outside of your home because of clogged gutters and outside drains.
  • Know where your shut-off valves are so that you can shut off the water to your home if you need to evacuate.
  • Inspect the plumbing in your home for leaks and contact a plumber if you hear water running in your home and can’t find the location of the leak.
  • If you have sounds or odors coming from your plumbing system, have them addressed before a storm with heavy rains. These issues are usually an indicator of clogging in your plumbing system, which can impact how well your system handles a storm.
  • Insulate your plumbing system. If you do have a severely cold night, you won’t have to worry about freezing pipes.
  • Inspect the outside of your home to make sure that water can drain away from your home correctly. Flooding in your yard can affect the main sewer and water lines and make the ground settle under them. The ground settling can cause a break in one of your main lines, which can mean disaster for your lawn and home.