Winterizing your pipes is recommended for all homes that are empty during the winter, but is especially important for buildings that will be left vacant for long periods of time.
Winterizing your pipes can help prepare your plumbing for freezing temperatures known for causing leaks and bursts in your pipes. As the water in your pipes freezes, it expands which leads to increased pressure in your pipes.
Prepare your home:
- Shut water off at the meter – most houses shutoff gate valves, whether behind the meter or under a carpet, are notorious for malfunctioning. The meter shutoff is the most reliable.
- Dependable Service Plumbing will hook up a compressor and blow out the lines.
- Starting at the bottom of the house and working your way to the top, open all faucets, including hose bibs, fish/utility sinks, laundry sinks, inside and outside showers including beach showers.
- Flush all toilets.
- Shut off the circuit breaker to the water heater.
- Lower the house thermostats to 55 degrees.
- Add various amounts of non-staining anti-freeze to all the water in toilets (and a little in the tiny bit of water that remains in the tank), sinks (not in the disposal!) and all shower drains. Dependable Service Plumbing will provide the required anti-freeze.