Drain Pipes & Hoses
- Drain water from lines.
- Drain and store removable hoses.
- Close inside valves, then open the outside valves to drain the lines and allow any remaining water to expand without damaging the pipe.
Insulate Pipes & Tape Cracks
- Measure the length of the pipes you want to insulate.
- Using a mitre box, cut the insulating sleeves to the lengths needed.
- Use tape or heating wire to secure the sleeves to the pipe.
- Tape any slight cracks you notice in the pipes before they become breaks.
Protect Your Home While on Vacation
Drain the Water from Your Plumbing System
- Turn off the water main where it enters the house.
- Open all taps and flush the toilets several times.
- Drain your hot water tank by attaching a hose to the tank drain valve and running it to the basement floor drain.
- Unhook your washing machine hoses and drain them.
Check for Leaks
- Inspect pipes under sinks and water heaters, and seals around windows for any cracks or leaks.
- Re-caulk seals and repair leaks if needed.
Clean Debris from Rain Gutters
Protect Your Home in Extreme Cold Weather
Keep the Cold Out & Let the Heat In
- Keep your garage door closed if there are water pipes inside the garage.
- Open your kitchen cabinet doors to let heat from inside the home circulate around the water pipes.
Keep the Water Moving
Keep the House Temperature Consistent
- Set your thermostat at a steady temperature at around 20 to 25 degrees.
- Dropping the temperature during the night is a great way to save energy and money but is not a good idea during extreme cold weather.
How To Terms
- Preventative Action
- Drain Pipes & Hoses
- Insulate Pipes & Tape Cracks
- Protect Your Home While on Vacation
- Drain the Water from Your Plumbing System
- Check for Leaks
- Clean Debris from Rain Gutters
- Protect Your Home in Extreme Cold Weather
- Keep the Cold Out & Let the Heat In
- Keep the Water Moving
- Keep the House Temperature Consistent
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When planning for winter, look for projects that will reduce home heating costs. Two critical areas of the home to insulate are the attic and basement.