How to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home This Winter

Freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on pipes in your home. Mac Plumbing has some tips to get your house prepared for winter

Protect your pipes from freezing

  • Wrap your un-insulated pipes in a blanket of foam.
  • Cut the foam tubes to the length of exposed pipes.
  • Cut a slit in the foam tube to wrap around the pipe.
  • Use duct tape to secure the ends of the tube.

Fix plumbing leaks now!

  • Check all faucets in your kitchen, bathrooms, and utility rooms for drips and puddles.
  • If you have a leak, contact Mac Plumbing immediately to get your pipes back in tip-top shape.

Drain your water heater

  • It is recommended you drain your water heater tank annually to remove any sediment that may have built up.
  • If you have hard water, check your tank. Rust developing in your tank can make its way to your drinking water and shower.
  • If your hot water heater is already rusted, consider purchasing a new one before freezing temperatures set in.

Outdoor hose

  • Disconnect and store away your garden hose and sprinklers.
  • Leaving your hose outside in winter can cause water left inside to freeze and expand, freezing your faucet and pipes.

Close and drain shut-off valves leading outside

  • If you have interior shut-off valves leading to outdoor faucets, close them and drain the water from outside lines.

Unfreezing water lines inside your home

  • There are a few things you can do if you find a frozen faucet.
    • Use a hairdryer or heat gun to warm the frozen pipe.
    • Turn faucets off to prevent flooding when pipes thaw.
    • Check faucets periodically to see if they’re free-flowing.
  • If you’re unsure about doing this, or if the pipes are frozen outside the home, contact us today.

Call Mac Plumbing for all of your plumbing needs.
Be prepared with a check-up from Mac and if you do find yourself with plumbing problems, be sure to contact Mac Plumbing here or call us at (931) 552-5555.