How to Properly Winterize Your Outdoor Pipes Before Cold Weather Hits

How to Properly Winterize Your Outdoor Pipes Before Cold Weather Hits

Thornton-area plumbing problems are unfortunately common during Colorado winters, and so often could have been prevented with a little foresight. In an area where freezing temperatures are common, it’s vital to properly winterize your home’s pipes before the cold weather hits.  

Why? Freezing temperatures can do significant damage to pipes and hoses. Frozen water inside them can weaken them, causing cracks. In worst-case scenarios, they can even cause the pipes to burst!

There’s no need for any extra Thornton plumbing problems than might already happen. So, we, at Total Plumbing & Heating, Inc., have prepared an easy step-by-step guide to winterizing your pipes to keep them safe.

How to Prepare Your Outdoor Pipes for The Winter

1. Remove all hoses and accessories

It’s time to disconnect all the hoses and other attachments you might have added to your pipes over the summer. You won’t be using them, and the plastic they’re generally made of is very susceptible to the cold. Store them away someplace dry and safe, such as a garage or storage shed.

2. Briefly turn on the faucets to drain them

Most of the pipes probably have some water still standing inside them.  It’s difficult to clear them out entirely, but you can get most of the water out simply by turning them each on for a minute or so, then shutting them off again.

This also allows you to check for leaks. If any of the faucets continue to drip, you’ll want to check the seals or call in Thornton plumbing expert for help.

3. Blow out your sprinkler system

If you have installed sprinklers, they need to be thoroughly drained. This is usually done by hooking up a small air compressor to the blow-out port near the main pipe hookup. If you have one, you can do this yourself, otherwise you’ll need to make a service call to have it done.

4. Shut off the pipe valves

Don’t rely on the outdoor faucet handles. If it’s at all possible, locate the outdoor pipe valves for your plumbing, which are generally in the basement. Shut off the water there, at the source, to have the most possible insurance you won’t have issues later in the winter.

That’s all it takes!  However, if you have any Thornton plumbing issues at any time during the winter, please don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Total Heating & Plumbing, Inc. for assistance.