Winter Preparedness Checklist

Alabama is known for its mild climate and brutally hot summers. But, that doesn’t mean our great state doesn’t have its fair share of freezing temperatures.With winter right around the corner, we’ll soon be experiencing overnight lows in the 20s and 30s, and the last thing you want is to wake up on a cold morning and find your pipes frozen. So here are a few things you can do now to get your pipes and plumbing ready for the winter.

1. Insulate Pipes
One of the easiest and simplest ways to prevent frozen pipes is to insulate them. Pipes in your home and walls should be okay since they’re inside. However, if you have outside or uninsulated pipes under the house, you’re going to want to wrap them in foam pipe. That will keep them warmed and insulated so they don’t freeze during the winter. You can purchase pipe insulation from pretty much any hardware store.

2. Fix Leaks Now
Do you have a dripping faucet that you’ve been ignoring? If so, now would be the time to get that fixed. And while you’re at it, now is also a good time to double check the base of your toilet and tub, as well as under your sinks for puddles or other signs of leaking. Some folks feel comfortable enough to fix minor leaks themselves, but if not, Mr. Dan’s will gladly come and take care of it for you.

3. Drain Your Water Heater
You certainly don’t want to be caught in the winter with no hot water. If it’s been a while since your water heater was drained, you should have that taken care of as soon as possible – especially if you have hard water. Keeping your heater drained will cut down on sediment build up, which can cause rust and damage the tank.

4. Ditch The Outdoor Hose
The growing season is over, so unless you just enjoy washing your car in frigid temps, you should wrap and store your hose until the spring. Any water inside the hose can freeze and expand, causing issues with outdoor pipes and connecting faucets.

5. Keep the Heat On!
Even if you’re on vacation or traveling, let the heat run to maintain a consistent warm temperature.

6. Stay Aware
Folks, the best thing you can do is simply stay weather aware and know what to do when temps get low. Don’t just assume your plumbing will be fine; just take a little time to ensure that it’s ready for the cold. Trust me, frozen pipes lead to busted pipes, which turns into a big, expensive mess that you don’t want to deal with.
Of course, if you find yourself with frozen pipes this winter, or any other issue, don’t hesitate to call Mr. Dan’s Plumbing. We’ll be happy to come out and fix your problem with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.