Tips to winterize your homes plumbing
A great deal of these can be prevented by taking a few minutes to check on a few problem areas in your home before cold weather shows up here in the greater Seattle and King County areas. Follow these tips to winterize your home to prevent disaster.
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Find Your Main Shut-Off Valve!
- Imagine your heart sinking feeling you would have if you walk in to your home see a broken pipe creating water damage. Would you know where the main shut-off valve is? Let the family know where it is and label it in case of emergency.
Helping to Prevent Frozen Water Pipes:
- Seal drafts around fixtures.
- Insulate pipes.
- Turn off the water to outside spigots then drain water from the line.
- Drain in-ground lawn irrigation systems. (Check manufacturer instructions for best method.)
- Report broken or missing meter lids to the agency that handles your local water service to help prevent frozen meters.
- Your thermostat should be no less than 55° F or shut off your main water valve to protect pipes if you plan to be away for very long periods of time.
- Run water from all faucets in your home occasionally throughout the winter to prevent freezing.
- Disconnect hoses from outdoor spigots.
- Allow heat into every room of your house.
- Open cabinet doors under sinks to allow more heat.
Actions To Take If Pipes Freeze:
- Open the cold water faucet nearest the break to relieve pressure from expanding ice in pipes.
- Wrap towels soaked with warm water around pipes to safely thaw them.
- Intense heat will cause pipes to crack or burst, so no hair dryers or blow torches.
- During extreme cold snaps let a little water trickle each valve in the house.
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Home plumbing winterizing tips - Fox Plumbing and Heating Seattle
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