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Is Your Plumbing Ready for Winter?

There are plenty of things to worry about as winter approaches: Does my furnace work correctly? Do the kids have winter coats that fit? Will I be able to get my car out of the driveway if it snows? But there’s one very important thing to plan for that is often forgotten: winterizing your pipes. Winter has yet to hit Southern Illinois very hard, but it’s still important to make sure that your plumbing is ready.


-If your bathroom is on an outside wall, open up the vanity doors to allow the heat from your home circulate around the pipes.

-Let the water drip if you’re expecting a deep freeze. This will keep the water moving and hinder freezing. To avoid wasting water, set a cup or pan under the faucet and use the water for household plants.

-Insulate exterior pipes with foam to help prevent freezing.

-Make sure crawl spaces are closed off and insulated to keep cold air from blowing in. This will not only protect your pipes, but save on your heating bill.

-Never turn off the heat to your home in the winter, even if you’re going to be gone for a few days. Set the thermostat to at least 55˚F.

-Know where your main water shut off valve is located. If you do have a pipe that bursts, you won’t want to waste time trying to locate it.

-Never use an open flame to thaw out frozen pipes, because it can make them break. Use a heat source that will thaw it out more slowly, such as a hair dryer, or call a professional.

Winterizing your pipes is an important task. It’s worth it to take the time to go through your home now instead of cleaning up the mess later. A burst pipe can cause a mess, cost you money, and affect your water service throughout the rest of your home. If you have questions or need help, call A&W Plumbing.