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Winterize Your Home Plumbing

As winter approaches, the Twin Cities transforms into a winter wonderland. However, along with the beauty of snow and frost, this season will bring frigid temperatures that pose a threat to your home’s plumbing system. To ensure that your pipes and fixtures remain in tip-top shape during the cold months, it’s essential to winterize your plumbing. Jake the Plumber, your local plumbing expert in the Twin Cities, is here to guide you through the process.

Insulate Exposed Pipes:

Start by insulating any exposed pipes in your home. Use foam pipe insulation or heat tape to protect them from freezing temperatures. Pay close attention to areas like the basement, crawl spaces, and exterior walls, as these are most vulnerable to cold drafts.

Disconnect and Drain Outdoor Hoses:

Shut off water to outside lawn faucets and spigots in your basement. Go outside, turn on the faucet to drain all water. Disconnect all outdoor hoses from their faucets and drain them completely. Store them in your basement or garage. If left connected, water can freeze inside the hose and cause the faucet and hose to burst.

Frozen outside faucet and hose
Don’t wait until the first snow to take your hose in!

Keep Your Home Warm:

Maintaining a warm temperature in your home can make a significant difference in preventing frozen pipes. Set your thermostat to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit, even when you’re away.

Drip Faucets:

On below zero nights, let your faucets drip a tiny bit. The movement of water can help prevent freezing pipes. Focus on faucets located on exterior walls and those with a history of freezing.

Service Your Water Heater:

Ensure your water heater is in excellent condition. If it’s more than 15 years old or has issues, consider having Jake the Plumber replace it with a new heat pump water heater.

Prepare for Extended Vacations:

If you’re planning to be away during winter, consider shutting off the main water supply and draining your plumbing system. You can hire Jake the Plumber’s crew to assist you.

Winterizing your plumbing is an essential step to protect your home from costly and inconvenient plumbing issues during the Twin Cities’ coldest months. By following these steps and enlisting the expertise of Jake the Plumber, you can ensure that your plumbing system is ready to withstand the winter chill. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for professional assistance in winterizing your plumbing or addressing any plumbing concerns in your Twin Cities home. Stay warm and worry-free this winter!