Winterizing Your Home: Top 5 Plumbing Tips for Tacoma, Washington –
As the weather in Tacoma, Washington, starts to turn colder, it’s essential to take proactive steps to protect your plumbing system from the potential damage that freezing weather can cause. At Your Service Plumbing is here to provide you with the top five winterization tips to ensure your plumbing remains in tip-top shape throughout the winter months.
Winterizing Your Home
Garden Hose Faucets:
Start by disconnecting all hoses from your garden hose faucets. This step allows frost-free faucets to drain properly. For non-frost-free faucets, cover them with insulated protection to prevent freezing. Some faucets might have a water supply line running through unheated spaces, such as the front of your garage. In such cases, consider installing a shut-off valve that needs to be turned off and the line drained. If you’re unsure about your faucet, our experts can guide you through the process.
Water Pipes Near Foundation Vents:
If your home has a crawl space with water piping running near foundation vents, consider closing off those vents for the winter. You can use foam insulator board cut to fit your vents. Blocking foundation vents with foam pads can help prevent freezing winds from damaging your pipes. Remember to remove these covers in the spring to allow proper ventilation. Additionally, if your water piping runs through unheated spaces like under the house or in an unheated basement, ensure they are wrapped with foam pipe insulation.
Lawn Sprinkler Systems:
Outdoor lawn sprinkler systems are often shallow underground and susceptible to freezing. To avoid damage, make sure to drain them before winter sets in. Proper drainage is crucial to prevent freezing and subsequent issues.
Preventative Measures for Extended Absences:
If you plan to go on vacation during the winter, it’s essential to take precautions to prevent freezing pipes. At Your Service Plumbing provides a step-by-step guide on how to shut down your water system before you leave and how to turn it back on when you return. For extended absences during the winter, consider having a Personal Plumbing Professional thoroughly “winterize” your home to avoid freezing pipe disasters, especially if you might lose power and heat for an extended period.
If you encounter any plumbing issues or suspect freezing damage, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at At Your Service Plumbing at 253-448-8178. Our team can assess the damage and work professionally to address any freezing-related plumbing problems.
We’re Still in Tacoma: You’re Not!
If you have someone watching your home while you are away, and any plumbing service is needed, be sure to leave them the phone number for At Your Service Plumbing. We answer our phones 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for those needing emergency assistance.
Following these winterization tips can spare you the headache of potential plumbing issues during the colder months in Tacoma, Washington; for a how-to video, click here. For more detailed information and assistance, visit our website here. Stay warm and worry-free this winter!
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