Part of the “charm” of a Tennessee winter is variety. Temperatures can range from the 70s to the 20s. That means we have to be prepared for whatever Old Man Winter brings – and now’s the time!
Make sure your home plumbing system is winter ready before a freeze by following these simple steps:
- First things first. Make sure everyone knows where the main water shut-off value is located. Pipes don’t wait for an opportune moment to burst. Everyone in the family should know how to shut off the water if necessary. The quicker you stop the water flow, the less damage done.
- Inspect your pipes. If there’s a leak, fix it now. If you have pipes in an unheated part of your home, wrap them with insulation or special tape. Our experts can assist with this project.
- Let a faucet drip during extremely cold weather. A slow drip will help prevent water from freezing and a pipe from bursting.
- Protect outside faucets. Close the shut-off valve and drain the line for outside faucets. If you don’t have a shut-off valve, use a faucet cover for extra protection.
- Get out the air compressor. Blow the water through your sprinkler system. It doesn’t cost a penny (assuming you have the compressor!) and it can be a life-saver for the system. If your irrigation system came with instructions for winter preparation, review and follow those instructions.
- Clean the gutters. Not a fun job, we know – but it’s better to do it now than when it’s cold and windy outside. Cleaning the gutters – and keeping them clean – will protect your eaves and roof and help prevent dangerous icicles from forming.
One of the first signs of a potential winter plumbing problem is a decrease in water flow. If you notice that, give us a call. Our expert plumbers are available 24/7/365.