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Winter brings freezing temperatures and snow to Dewey, Delaware, but you can make sure you’re prepared for the frigid weather by preparing your pipes. Conducting these five simple plumbing maintenance tasks will make you safer and more comfortable this winter.

Purge Your Sprinkler System

If water remains in your sprinkler system during the first frost, you might experience frozen pipes. Shut off the water flow to your irrigation system and activate the valves to purge water from the pipes.

Find and Address Leaks

Water leaks make your pipes more likely to freeze (and burst) during the winter. Look underneath sinks, behind toilets, in tubs, and along walls to find any leaks. If you detect water or signs of moisture, call a professional to repair the issue. Not only will this prevent frozen pipes, but it also helps control humidity in your home and prevents water damage.

Insulate Exposed Pipes

Protect pipes that receive exposure to bitter winter winds. Hardware stores sell convenient pipe coverings that prevent them from freezing as the temperatures dip. Pay special attention to outdoor pipes and pipes that back up to an exterior wall.

Shut Off Outdoor Faucets

Exterior water sources receive the most exposure to freezing temperatures. Shut off the water service to outside faucets, then remove the attached hoses. Store the hoses in a safe place and make sure the faucets stay insulated all winter long.

Hire a Professional

If you want to protect your pipes as efficiently as possible, hire a professional to winterize your pipes. We’ll make sure your plumbing system is as protected as possible no matter how low the Delaware temperatures drop this year. We’ll also be on hand to repair any problems.

Frozen pipes can create myriad problems in homes, including serious water damage and expensive repairs. You can prevent these issues by preparing your plumbing ahead of time. To schedule preventing maintenance for your plumbing system and other services, give us a call at 877-696-0808.

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