Winter Plumbing System Maintenance

Winter Plumbing System Maintenance

Reliable Basement and Drain is your one-stop-shop for all things plumbing for your home or business. We are here to help you maintain your plumbing system and prevent issues. If you do run into a drain or pipe failure, we are here to help repair or replace it!

Avoiding a break in your plumbing is obviously the way to go so that you do not have to worry about costly repairs. Today, we are going to give a few tips as to how you can avoid issues over the winter.

Tips That You Can Do at Home to Prevent Damage in the Winter

Garden Hoses

Do not leave your garden hose connected to your faucet. When it gets cold enough, the water in the faucet will freeze and cause pressure to build up. Even if the faucet is frost-free, it should still be disconnected during the wintertime to avoid a broken faucet.

How do I know if my faucet is frost-free?

Frost-free faucets usually have a little black, grey, or brown cap on top of the faucet that shows that you can turn the contention to that faucet off from inside your home.

If you do not have a frost-free faucet outside, you should cover it to prevent it from freezing.

In-Home Plumbing During the Winter

Generally, you do not need to do anything with your indoor plumbing system to protect it from the winter cold. Our homes are usually warm enough to prevent anything inside from freezing. However, if you do have a room with a plumbing connection that is not heated, see if you can turn off the connection to that room, put a space heater in that room, or pour some antifreeze down the drain to prevent the pipes from bursting.

If your heat goes out for any reason, make sure to let your sinks drip just a little bit to prevent the pipes from freezing. Once the heat is back on, you can turn the faucets off.

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If you have any questions or concerns about your plumbing this winter, contact us today to learn more!

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