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How to Winterize Your Plumbing System in 5 Easy Steps

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One of the most common problems for homeowners in Pueblo County, Colorado is frozen pipes. With winter approaching, you don’t want a small burst in your home’s plumbing system to cause some big damage. Follow these five steps from Patterson Plumbing to prepare your pipes for the cold season:

1. Turn off and drain your outdoor water lines.

Outdoor pipes are the most susceptible to freezing during the winter months. Turn off and drain your outdoor water lines (i.e. pool, sprinkler system, etc.) at the start of the winter season.

2. Disconnect and store away garden hoses.

If your home has a shut-off valve for external faucets, turn it off.

3. Insulate the pipes inside your home.

Pipe insulation is cheap, easy to install, and a cost-effective way to prevent frozen pipes. Make it a priority to insulate pipes that run along your home’s exterior walls, as these are the most prone to freezing.

4 .Seal any air leaks located near your pipes.

A chilly draft blowing directly on a pipe makes it more likely to freeze. Scan your exterior walls for air leaks and seal them accordingly.

5. Take extra precautions when you leave the house.

Winter is a busy travel season. Whether you are leaving town to vacation or visit your family, keep the following tips in mind so you don’t come home to any surprises:

  • Keep your thermostat set to at least 60° at all times.
  • Keep cabinet doors open so warm air can circulate to the pipes.
  • Turn on a faucet to create a small, steady drip.

Patterson Plumbing offers professional plumbing repair services to homeowners in Pueblo and Canon City, Colorado. Contact us online to schedule your same-day service, or give us a call at (719) 544-4922.

How To Prepare Your Plumbing System for the Cold Weather

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Winter is a tough time of the year for our home’s plumbing system. All it takes is one small crack in a pipe to lead to some very big problems. Between fixing the pipe, replacing water damaged items, and removing mold, just one burst pipe can cause more than $5,000 worth of repair costs.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so here are some steps you can take to prepare your plumbing system for the winter season.

Insulate Your Pipes

Pipe insulation is your first line of defense against freezing temperatures. Insulation is cheap, easy to install, and can prevent thousands of dollars in damages.

Fix Exterior Cracks

If you have any cracks in your foundation or exterior walls, seal them immediately to prevent cold air from coming in direct contact with your pipes.

Turn Off Outdoor Water System

‘Tis the season to disconnect your garden hoses, plug outdoor faucets, and turn off your sprinkler system. These fixtures are directly exposed to the chilly temperatures outside, and are therefore more susceptible to freezing.

Buy a Water Heater Jacket

Take a trip to your local hardware store and purchase an insulation cover (or a jacket) for your water heater. These covers only cost about $25 and can reduce your water heating bills by 10% or more.

Always Leave the Heat on 65° or Higher

Many people turn off their heating systems when they leave on vacation, and are surprised when they come back to a flood because their pipes froze. Prevent this from happening to you by keeping your heat on at least 65° at all times, even when you are away. A couple other things you can do to prevent your pipes from freezing include:

  • Open all of your cabinets so warm air can circulate around your pipes easily.

  • Turn one of your faucet handles until it begins dripping. This constant motion of water will make it harder for your pipes to freeze.

If you live in Pueblo County, Colorado, trust the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating to get your pipes ready for the cold winter season! Contact us online to get started, or give us a call at (719) 544-4922.