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DIY Tutorial for your Home for the Winter Season – Part 1

How To Protect Your Pipes From Freezing


The winter can be difficult for your plumbing system, so preparing for the worst is essential. By draining pipes regularly and closely inspecting them, you can ensure they’re ready for freezing temperatures and snowstorms!


Shut off the water supply.


To prevent frozen pipes, turn off your water supply. This can be done at the main valve (usually located in the basement or garage) and then at the meter, usually outside. You should also shut off your street water tap, which may require a special wrench you can rent from a hardware store. After you’ve shut off all of these valves, you should be able to turn on one faucet in each room for about five minutes to let any remaining water drain out of them before turning off their individual valves.


Open a faucet to relieve pressure.


If you’re unsure which faucet, check the pipes and look for one with water leaking. If there’s no leak, open the one furthest away from your boiler (or furnace if you have one). This relieves pressure because it helps prevent frozen pipes by allowing any trapped air out of the system. Make sure to cover all other nearby sinks and bathtubs so that they don’t flood when this valve opens up! Also, be aware that this method can cause damage to any appliances or fixtures downstream from where you’ve opened your valve; if those are connected in series with other valves, think twice before opening yours!


Turn off your water heater.


Next, you’ll want to turn off your water heater. Most people leave the pilot light on when they aren’t using their hot water, and this is an excellent way for pipes to freeze in cold weather. If you don’t know how to do this, ask a professional or call a company like BGE and have them shut off the gas valve for you (for example).

Turning off the electricity will also help prevent frozen and burst pipes in Baltimore’s winter months.


Determine which pipes need to be drained.


As you’re preparing your home for winter, it’s important to drain some of your pipes so that they don’t freeze. This can prevent burst pipes and avoid a costly repair bill.

First, check the water meter to see if all the water has been drained. If not, you may need to manually drain extra water before freezing temperatures.

Next, take a look at any areas where there are leaks or frozen pipes. Ensure no one uses those areas until they have been appropriately fixed or drained completely.

Finally, if you are unsure whether specific areas should be drained before winter sets in (i.e., if there are no leaks), call a professional plumber who can determine which pipes need attention!


Drain lines of water and air them out.


To avoid frozen and burst pipes, drain the water from your lines. You can do this by using a hose to drain the water from your lines or a wet/dry vacuum cleaner to remove any remaining water and air out the lines. If you are unsure how to properly drain your pipes, call a professional for assistance.


Always prepare for the winter and avoid broken pipes, which can cause permanent damage.


There are several ways to prepare for the winter and avoid broken pipes, which can cause permanent damage.

  • Keep an eye on the weather. If there’s a chance of freezing temperatures, drain your outdoor faucets and turn off the water supply to your house. This will stop any water from entering your pipes, preventing them from freezing and bursting in the cold weather.

  • Install anti-freeze in outdoor fixtures and faucets so they don’t freeze completely when temperatures drop below 32 degrees F (0 C). You should also check these areas regularly as part of your regular maintenance routine to ensure no pipes have become blocked with ice or snow during winter months before draining them for storage at other times when this isn’t necessary!

  • Replace worn insulation around pipes running through attics or crawl spaces so that heat doesn’t escape through cracks between walls surrounding these areas where temperatures are typically cooler than elsewhere within homes’ interiors


Insulate your pipes.


You can avoid frozen pipes by insulating your home’s pipes. There are many ways to go about this, but the most effective methods are heat tape or other insulation and wrapping pipes in insulation.

You should place insulation around all exposed pipes in crawl spaces, attics, basements, and behind sinks or toilets. However, if you live in an icy area of Nebraska, you may want to consider having an expert install pipe heating systems if you don’t want to take the DIY approach.

Open cabinet doors under sinks, especially in kitchens and bathrooms.

  • Open cabinet doors under sinks, especially in kitchens and bathrooms.

  • Keep faucets dripping or running slowly when temperatures fall below freezing.

  • Shut off the water to your house.


Keep faucets dripping or running slowly when temperatures fall below freezing.

It is a good idea to keep faucets dripping or running slowly when temperatures fall below freezing. This can help prevent the pipes from freezing. If you have a leak, fix it as soon as possible so that you and your family are not left without water in the coming months. If no water has been leaking, turn off the main valve of your house so that no more water goes through the pipes. This will prevent them from freezing until spring. If your pipes do freeze over winter, there are steps you can take to thaw them out before they burst:

Cold weather can damage pipes, so it’s essential to take steps to protect them.

Cold weather can damage pipes, so it’s important to take steps to protect them. If you don’t insulate your pipes and shut off the water, you’re risking freezing which could cause expensive burst pipes. Certain areas of your home are more susceptible than others because they have lower temperatures and/or less insulation:

  • Basements

  • Unfinished attics

  • Sheds or garages

Pipes can freeze when the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. When you’re ready to drain water from your system in preparation for winter, follow these steps to avoid frozen and bursting pipes.

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