Seasonal Plumbing Tips: Preparing for Winter


As the brisk winds start to blow and temperatures drop, it’s a signal that winter is approaching. While Las Vegas isn’t known for its harsh winters, the cooler weather can still impact your plumbing. Preparing your plumbing system for the seasonal changes can save you from unexpected headaches and repairs. At 702 PlumbAIR, we understand the importance of proactive maintenance. Here are some essential seasonal plumbing tips to help you gear up for winter:

Insulate Exposed Pipes

Even in milder climates like Las Vegas, temperatures can drop significantly during winter nights. Insulating exposed pipes, especially those located in unheated areas like garages or crawl spaces, can prevent them from freezing. Use foam pipe insulation sleeves or wrapping to provide that extra layer of protection.

Check for Leaks

Before winter sets in, inspect all your faucets, showerheads, and pipes for any leaks. Even a small leak can worsen during colder weather. Fixing leaks promptly can save you from water wastage and potential damage to your plumbing system.

Drain Outdoor Faucets and Sprinkler Systems

Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses and faucets to prevent water from freezing and causing pipes to burst. Similarly, for those with irrigation or sprinkler systems, make sure to drain them completely. Shut off the water supply to outdoor systems to avoid any potential freezing damage.

Service Your Water Heater

During the colder months, your water heater works harder to provide warm water. Schedule a maintenance check for your water heater to ensure it’s working efficiently. This can include flushing the tank to remove sediment buildup and checking for any signs of wear or potential issues.

Keep Cabinets Open

In homes where plumbing runs along exterior walls, such as under sinks, keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warmer air to circulate around the pipes, preventing them from freezing.

Schedule a Professional Inspection

Consider hiring a professional plumber for a thorough inspection of your plumbing system before winter arrives. They can identify potential issues and offer solutions to safeguard your plumbing against cold weather.

Be Mindful of Usage

Lastly, be mindful of your water usage during winter. Spread out your usage of hot water to prevent overwhelming your water heater. Additionally, avoid pouring fats or cooking oils down the drain, as they can solidify in colder temperatures and lead to clogs.

Winterizing your plumbing system doesn’t take much effort, but it can save you from a lot of hassle down the road. At 702 PlumbAIR, our team is dedicated to helping Las Vegas residents maintain their plumbing systems year-round. Whether it's routine maintenance or addressing unexpected plumbing issues, we’ve got you covered. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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