With temperatures beginning to cool off we’re starting to prepare for the colder months. We break out the jackets and snow shovels, change our quilts to comforters and a lot of us even change the washer fluid in our cars. What some people forget about, is our houses require a level of winterization whether you live in it year-round or only seasonally.
You want to prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting, which can lead to excessive water damage in your home. When you have water damage the problems expand past just your plumbing. Leaks and burst pipes can cause:
Mold, which grows in damp environments and can not only cause respiratory issues, but long-term exposure can cause psychological impairment.
Your floors and ceilings can be ruined, requiring replacement of both.
The structural integrity of your home can be compromised from cracks and warping.
For seasonal residents, not properly winterizing your home can be the difference between you having a home to come back to or not.
All outside plumbing needs to be shut off and drained, including outside spigots for watering, outside showers, and irrigation systems get blown out (this part is done by irrigation companies). We recommend you drain out your garden hoses and store them inside for the colder months as well.
For whole house plumbing winterizations that is better left to the professionals. We fully purge all necessary plumbing/mechanicals, supply antifreeze as needed, and even have the towns pick up meters where applicable.
A special note for customers with crawl spaces, it may be a good idea to consider having the pipes down their insulated to prevent potential issues.
So, with all of that in mind, don’t delay. We here at The Pipe Doctor are ready to help.