Winterize Your Home

When winter temperatures move in water can freeze inside your plumbing, causing them to rupture due to the expansion of the water. This can easily lead to costly plumbing repairs, such as a home flood, damaged floors, walls, furniture and the home’s structural integrity.

Water damage is one of the top causes of property damage for homeowners and can end up being extremely costly to repair.

There are a few easy things homeowners can do to prevent costly plumbing repairs.
  • Wrap uninsulated pipes with foam and duct tape – Foam tubes with a slit on the side are available at many hardware stores
  • A slow dripping of water in faucets can help prevent pipes from bursting
  • Open cupboard doors with pipes – This helps to circulate warm air keeping them from freezing
  • Fix any known leaks immediately
  • Drain your water heater regularly to prevent sediment build-up in your tank which causes rusting and leakage
  • Put away your garden hoses which, if left out and attached to the spigot, can cause bursting
  • Close and drain all shut-off valves leading to outside spigots or sprinklers – Make sure to blow out all sprinklers prior to cold weather temperatures
  • Clean your sump pump pit regularly to prevent malfunctions which can lead to water backup and basement flooding

To winterize your vacation home or cabin well water pump:
  • Turn off the water supply to the entire house
  • Turn off the power to the well pump (for extra safety make sure that the main power switch is turned off and the breaker directly to the pump is also in the off position to prevent someone from turning on the main breaker which turns on the pump)
  • Drain the water from the lines in the house by turning on all faucets letting them run until they no longer run water through them
  • Disconnect the pump’s power supply directly to prevent anyone from using it after it has been winterized
  • Disconnect the water hoses from the pump and drain them, as well as any extra water that may be in the pump itself

To winterize a deep well submersible water system:

  • Locate the water supply valve and turn it to the closed position (turn counterclockwise until it will no longer turn) – This may be connected directly to your home
  • Turn off the power supply to the deep well pump
  • Remove all connections to the pump
  • Remove the pump from the well (this is a precaution for homes located in areas with winter weather that consistently drops below freezing)
  • Drain all water from the pump before storing in a warm, dry place

To protect your home from costly plumbing repairs, please call 509-381-7818 or schedule your FREE in-home water test here.

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