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Plumbing winterizing tips – Fox Plumbing & Heating Seattle

Tips to winterize your homes plumbing

Year after year people face a plumbing disasters in their home.winterize plumbing pipes Seattle King County Plumbing winterizing tips

A great deal of these can be prevented by taking a few minutes to check on a few problem areas in your home before cold weather shows up here in the greater Seattle and King County areas. Follow these tips to winterize your home to prevent disaster.

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Find Your Main Shut-Off Valve!

  • Imagine your heart sinking feeling you would have if you walk in to your home see a broken pipe creating water damage. Would you know where the main shut-off valve is? Let the family know where it is and label it in case of emergency.

Helping to Prevent Frozen Water Pipes:

  • Seal drafts around fixtures.
  • Insulate pipes.
  • Turn off the water to outside spigots then drain water from the line.
  • Drain in-ground lawn irrigation systems. (Check manufacturer instructions for best method.)
  • Report broken or missing meter lids to the agency that handles your local water service to help prevent frozen meters.
  • Your thermostat should be no less than 55° F or shut off your main water valve to protect pipes if you plan to be away for very long periods of time.
  • Run water from all faucets in your home occasionally throughout the winter to prevent freezing.
  • Disconnect hoses from outdoor spigots.
  • Allow heat into every room of your house.
  • Open cabinet doors under sinks to allow more heat.

Actions To Take If Pipes Freeze:

  • Open the cold water faucet nearest the break to relieve pressure from expanding ice in pipes.
  • Wrap towels soaked with warm water around pipes to safely thaw them.
  • Intense heat will cause pipes to crack or burst, so no hair dryers or blow torches.
  • During extreme cold snaps let a little water trickle each valve in the house.

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