Thanksgiving and Christmas are just a few weeks away and you know what that means, winter weather is finally here!
Prepping your home for the winter isn’t just something you should do, it’s something you need to do. If you want to avoid burst pipes and leaking toilets, winterize your plumbing before the temperature really starts to fall.
Prepping Your Home for Cold Weather
Insulate your pipes.
Once the temperature drops below 20 degrees, your pipes are very susceptible to freezing. Insulating your pipes doesn’t mean it’s impossible for them to freeze, but it does give you a bit more security should the temperature drop.
Let the water drip.
This is probably the only time we’ll tell you to let the faucet run. If you’re expecting a cold front to come through and you’re worried about your pipes, letting a small amount of water drip from your faucet. Because flowing water is less likely than still water to freeze, this can also help keep your pipes from freezing. But remember, this is just for extreme and short-lived cold fronts — don’t leave your faucet to drip for days or weeks.
Open your cabinets on cold days.
Most of the pipes in your home sit behind the wall — areas that heat doesn’t reach. On cold days, open up your cabinet doors so that heat can reach your back walls.
Disconnect outdoor hoses.
A hose left outside in the winter is susceptible to cracking, punctures, and freezing. First, shut off water that leads to the outdoor faucet, then remove the sprayer nozzle from the end of the hose (if one’s attached).