The plumbing in our houses is one of those things that most people would just assume be out of sight, out of mind. For the most part, that’s best for everybody because we all know that what goes on behind the scenes can get pretty nasty. The last thing anybody wants is to have to face a drain clog, a leaky or busted pipe, or some other kind of disgusting plumbing repair. If you call a plumber, most of the time you’re going to get an estimate or be asked to pay some kind of trip charge or something else unpleasant.
With the coldest months of the year ahead, I’m here today to discuss “winterizing” your plumbing. Now this is mostly going to benefit homeowners who are not using their homes during the winter months and vacation homeowners. Most people know the old turn the faucets to a drip trick, but I’ve got a few tips that you can use to take protecting your pipes to the next level. Here is essentially a no-cost way to “winterize” your pipes:
Before messing with your plumbing, always remember to shut off the water at the main valve or contact your water company.
From the top of your house to the bottom, turn on and flush out ALL faucets to the last drip, and then open the main shutoff valve (if you can…otherwise contact your water company).
Shut off power or gas to your water heaters and open the valves
Empty out toilet bowls and sinks and clean out or remove sink plug traps if at all possible.
Now, once emptied, you want to pour in a plumbing antifreeze/water mixture, similar to that you would use in your car.
While it would be ludicrous to fill up sinks and tubs, I recommend that you use a minimum of a full quart of the mixture in these larger capacity areas.
NEVER put antifreeze into a dishwasher or clothes washer as this Replacing Section Of Pipe could potentially and easily ruin your dishes and/or clothes.
If you have a main house trap or basement drains, feel free to use a solid antifreeze (no water mixed in)
That’s it! Like I said, this will cost you nothing more than the purchase price of the antifreeze and a little bit of your time. This can save you loads of money on expensive plumbing repairs down the road. If you have any questions, feel free to ask away. I’m always happy to help, and if you want some more information, please don’t hesitate to check out my website listed below.
Thank you for reading, and I hope this was helpful!
Best Regards, Metal Plumbing
Robert Houston Davis