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How to Prepare Your Pipes for Winter

 Posted Thursday, October 8, 2017.

As we enter into colder temperatures once again, it can be easy to get caught up on ensuring that your furnace is working before winter rolls in. However, one thing that many homeowners seem to neglect is their plumbing. Keep in mind that your plumbing system can be affected by colder temperatures and cause just as much havoc on your home and your wallet if something goes wrong.

Our plumbing company in Chemlsford, Billerica, and Concord is here to provide homeowners with some insight on what to do in order to prepare your plumbing and pipes for the winter monhts.

  • Shut Off Outdoor Water Supply. This is key! If you have a sprinkler system or water spicket, now is the time to turn off the water supply to those sources. Be sure to completely drain any water caught in the sprinkler hose or pipes and store all materials inside for the winter.
  • Fix Existing Leaks. If you're aware of any slow leaks that you have been putting off getting fixed, then now is the time to make sure to get those patched up. By contacting Nazzaro & Sons Plumbing & Heating, we can give you a quick estimate for the job and provide useful insight to maintaining your plumbing in the future. Don't forget that small leaks get worse over time -- especially as temperatures dip below freezing.
  • Wrap Pipes. Some homes may have areas where their pipes run through exposed or unheated places. You will want to check basements, attics, garages and crawl spaces to determine if this is the case for your home. If you do find exposed pipes in unheated areas, we recommend wrapping the pipes in heat tape or pipe insulation -- or contact a professional to get the job done for you.
  • Water Heater Inspection. During this time of the year, you should be contacting a plumbing and heating company to get your hot water boiler inspected and tuned up. Although you may be having no issues with your hot water, it doesn't hurt to have a second set of eyes inspecting your system for unknown leaks or issues.
  • Shut Off Water. This step only applies if you are heading south for the winter or are planning to sell your home but you have already moved into your new location. Shutting off your water not only saves you money, but also prevents burst pipes if the temperatures drop too low during the winter. If you need to shut off your water, we recommend contacting a plumbing company to thoroughly drain the pipes. Remember, frozen water expands!

Have questions about what to do with your plumbing and heating system during the winter or need assistance? Contact our Chelmsford and BIllerica area plumber today!

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