Four Easy Steps to Winterize Your Home

4 Steps to Winterize

1.    Insulate -- Not only is insulating pipes energy efficient, but it can save pipes from freezing.  Exposed pipes are vulnerable to freezing temps, so insulation products found at your local hardware store can prevent damage.

2.    Disconnect Outside Lines -- Detach and drain outside hoses.  Shut off water to hose bibs not used in the winter.

3.    Always Keep a Warm Home -- We understand, you want to get away!  But your plumbing lines need warm air circulating.  So, keep the air temperature above 50 degrees and even open up the cabinets in areas that get chilly.

4.    Run the Faucet -- If you keep the faucet open a bit, you may prevent the pipes from freezing or even bursting.  Running water can help prevent freezing! Did you know a small crack in a pipe could leak up to 250 gallons of water in a day? So, try turning on the warm water a bit.  

Gary’s Plumbing and Heating can help you with an onsite inspection to help prevent any concerns you have about freezing pipes.  And, in case there is a burst pipe, you’ll want to give us a call right away at 360-734-9700!