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Preparing Your Home’s Plumbing System for Winter

With fall nearing its end and winter soon upon us, homeowners throughout Utah are preparing their properties for the upcoming cold. One vital area to consider here is your plumbing, which you don’t want to be dealing with during the dead of winter when issues could mean everything from a lack of hot water all the way to major leaking or flooding concerns.

At Monkey Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Air, we’re here to help. We offer a wide variety of plumbing repair and re-piping services, including numerous areas that will directly assist you with preparing your home for the upcoming winter. Let’s go over a few important areas to cover, whether on your own or with the help of our quality plumbers.

Locate and Remedy Any Leaks

One of the first areas to check on when preparing the home for winter is the possibility of any leaks coming from your piping system. Even small leaks can cause major problems during winter, when the temperature is often below freezing and leaking areas become natural weak spots in the pipes – the expansion of frozen water may cause burst pipes in many cases, a massive hassle and expense for you.

While you can perform a basic inspection yourself, we recommend contacting our plumbers if you’re concerned about even minor leaks in pipe areas you can’t see. We have the tools to evaluate your entire system and ensure there are no such issues.

Outdoor Faucets

Another important area to go over here is any outdoor faucets or other water appliances you may have around your home. Before winter hits, it’s vital to drain and disconnect any such appliances, including hoses and sprinkler valves, so they don’t risk freezing and expanding water during the winter. You should also shut off the water supply to these faucets to ensure there are no concerns.

Pipe Insulation

Especially if you’ve had issues with freezing pipes or water that simply won’t warm up in previous winters, it’s important to consider insulation for your pipes. This heavily reduces the likelihood of pipes bursting or other water freezing issues. Our team will be happy to help you wrap pipes with insulation in their most potentially vulnerable areas.

Main Shutoff Valve

Finally, just in case of an emergency outside your control, it’s important to prepare yourself by knowing where your home’s main water shutoff valve is. This valve will stop water supply to your entire home in one shot, allowing you to limit the damage from major leaks or burst pipes. You should also consider shutting this valve off if you’re going to be taking a vacation or any other significant trip during the winter.

For more on preparing your plumbing system for winter, or to learn about any of our plumbing or HVAC services, speak to the staff at Monkey Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Air today.