Preparing for Winter

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Winterizing a home plumbing system is an important home maintenance procedure to undertake before the snow season sets in. It basically prevents frozen pipes that could eventually leak, burst, and could even lead to home water damage.

This is especially true for vacation homes, and when leaving the home for the holidays.

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Home improvement website BobVila.com has explained the importance of winterizing the plumbing system. A/C And HVAC 

“When water freezes, it expands. So if the temperature of your pipes drops below 32 degrees, even for a short period, you run the risk of a pipe fracture or worse. Take the following precautions now to avoid a major headache later. Inside Your Home — anywhere cold air blows on a pipe, it creates the potential for freezing.”

The continuation can be found here.

How to winterize

Personal finance website The Balance mentioned the steps to take to winterize a home plumbing system. They also came up with a comprehensive guide for the procedure. Plumbing Association of San Diego 

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“Begin with a plan for winterizing your plumbing. It is easy to miss a step, so you make yourself a checklist of all parts of the house with the steps detailed below, including all taps and valves. Mark them off as you complete them, so you’ll know you did everything—and won’t have any nasty surprises come cold weather. “

The post can be found here.

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Older home improvement website This Old House meanwhile shared ways on how to drain pipes in time for the winter season, and before leaving a home for an extended period of time.

“Shut off the main water valve, which is typically located near the water meter. Drain hot and cold water from house by attaching a hose to sill cock or basement faucet; drain the water into a sump-pump pit or to the outdoors. Open all faucets and flush all toilets in house, starting with top floor and working your way down.”

Read the continuation of the instructions here.

Plumbing experts say homeowners should ensure that they do routine home care to prevent damage in plumbing systems as well as other property structure.

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