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How Do You Winterize Plumbing in a Vacant House?

How Do You Winterize Plumbing in a Vacant House?
January 12/2022

How Do You Winterize Plumbing in a Vacant House?

During winter, days seem shorter as the cold starts to spread. Before the cold sinks in, it's essential to ensure that your plumbing is properly closed up. The last thing you want is to experience plumbing damage like burst lines as you approach spring. That's why it's vital to winterize plumbing in a vacant house to mitigate plumbing problems when you move in. Mr. Rooter Plumbing has a team of experienced and skilled plumbers who can help you protect your plumbing during this chilly season. Our team of experts guarantees top-notch plumbing service, saving you from the cost and mess of dealing with repairs.

Tips to Winterizing Plumbing in a Vacant House

As you plan to close a house for winter, it's advisable to onboard the expert plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing for quality winterizing of your plumbing. If you prefer a more hands-on approach, here are some of the tips to help you winterize plumbing in your vacant house.

  • Outdoor Spigots

The first step requires disconnecting all the fixtures and hoses before repairing leaks in your spigots as winter sets in. Although leaks during summer can quickly go undetected, they can easily become a potential hazard when frozen. If there's a leak in your plumbing, the experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbing can ensure your plumbing doesn't have any leaks before shutting off the internal valve that leads outside. It's also essential to allow all the fixtures to drain for several hours to avoid further deterioration of your plumbing during winter.

  • Irrigation System

The next step involves turning off the main valve to your sprinkler or irrigation system and shutting off all valves that prevent backflow. If you are not conversant with all the various valves and their location in your home, Mr. Rooter Plumbing has got you covered. Our qualified plumbers will assess your entire plumbing and irrigation system and ensure that all the valves are off so that you can quickly drain water from your irrigation lines.

  • Toilets and Water Heater

Once your main valve is closed, it's essential to flush the toilet and ensure it's entirely emptied. Since it's difficult to completely drain all the water from the bowl and lines, we recommend pouring antifreeze to deal with any standing water in your toilet.

When it comes to your water heater, things are a bit different. After turning off the electric or gas power supply and water leading to your appliance, you should ensure that all the water is drained. The plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing will connect a hose to your drain valve, ensuring that all the water is removed before full-blown winter weather.

  • Drain Water Pipes

After closing the main water supply to the house, open all the sinks to allow water to clear out of the lines. After all the water flows out, you should pour antifreeze in all drains to prevent standing water from freezing inside the pipes. For more information about winterizing your plumbing or exceptional plumbing repair service, contact the expert plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing and enjoy nothing short of excellence.