Eliminate Frozen Pipes By Winterizing Your Home

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Winterizing your home will help eliminate frozen pipes that can burst and cause expensive water damage

With the temperatures beginning to drop, now is a very good time to begin winterizing your home. Residents in Waukesha WI know the temperature will be below freezing for an extended period of time and now is the time to act to avoid frozen pipes and other problems.

Pipe insulation, unhooking hoses, turning water off and other actions will help protect your plumbing during the low winter temperatures. Winterizing your home starts with basic, common sense steps. If it can freeze, move or protect it.

Be Aware Of Common Oversights When Winterizing Your Home

Fall often means yard work, lawn care, raking leaves, cleaning gutters etc. When you are winterizing your home it is easy to forget about plumbing when so many other things are grabbing your attention. However, neglecting your plumbing can lead to frozen pipes that can burst, leading to water damage adding up to hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

Important – But Easy – Steps For Winterizing Your Home

1. Shut Off Main Water Valve – be sure everyone in your home knows where the main water valve is and be sure they know how to shut it off. If you have frozen pipes, the first thing you want to do is shut the valve, which is usually located near the water meter. The bottom line is the quicker you can shut off your main valve, the less water damage you will experience with frozen pipes.

2. Faucets – on outdoor faucets always remove and drain your hoses. Store hoses indoors prior to the first freeze. Be sure to turn off outdoor faucets. Shutting off their water supply is recommended. You can further protect your pipes by covering the outdoor faucets.

3. Fix Leaks – inspect your pipes and fix leaks prior to sun freezing temperatures. If you do not you may not avoid frozen pipes.

4. Protect Sprinklers – Using compressed air, blow remaining water from your sprinkler system pipes. This is quick and easy way to get this portion of winterizing your home done.

5. Cleaning Gutters – Removing leaves and other debris from gutters will eliminate standing water so it cannot freeze and can damage eaves, roof and more. Keeping gutters debris free avoids damage and is another little, but important, step in winterizing your home.

6. Pipe Insulation –unheated areas of your home require pipe Insulation. This is especially true for mobile homes. Hardware stores and home centers have heat tape or other appropriate pipe insulation. The proper pipe insulation can mean the difference between no problems and frozen pipes. This is one of the MOST important things you can do when winterizing your home.

7. Tune Up Your Water Heater – on an annual basis, draining and maintaining a water heater is one of the best things you can do. You will keep it running efficiently and, if for any reason you cannot do it – give us a call, we’ll be glad to help.

8. Service Furnace – Install clean filters and have a professional inspect your furnace for peak performance. Remember, no heat can mean frozen pipes. It’s not worth the risk.

9. Are You Gone For The Winter? Winterizing your home is the most important thing you can do before you leave. Shut off the water completely and drain your pipes with the help of one of the best plumbers. Schoenwalder Plumbing can ensure your pipes are completely drained. Water left in the system can lead to frozen pipes. And, with you out of town, your home would be at great risk. Being gone for an extended period is one of the best reasons for winterizing your home.

10. Call Schoenwalder Plumbing – If you have any questions or problems, give us a call and we will be glad to help you with winterizing your home.

Winterizing your home is an important maintenance step. Schoenwalder Plumbing is expert at pipe insulation to avoid frozen pipes as well as all other plumbing maintenance. We can help with winterizing your home in Waukesha WI, Waukesha County and Lake Country areas including Waukesha, Brookfield, Elm Grove, Pewaukee, Delafield, Hartland, and Oconomowoc WI

Give our expert plumbers a call at 262-562-7908 or email to get the details on winterizing your home in Waukesha WI.

Preventing & Thawing Frozen Pipes

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