Winter feels like it is here already but meteorologically it is just around the corner. So what do you need to do to survive this year’s winter? It’s simple to do BUT some of it you need to remember later into the winter months.
The following is a list of things to do to prepare for winter, save your plumbing and save you hundreds:
- If you have not done it already…DISCONNECT ALL EXTERIOR HOSES FROM YOUR HOSEBIBB, OUTSIDE FAUCET, SILLCOCK, WHAT EVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT…DISCONNECT ALL HOSES EVEN THE ONE IN THE GARAGE (if you have one).
- If you want to cover the outside hosebibbs with a hosebibb cover, go ahead and cover them. It is not a necessity but it doesn’t hurt to do so.
- If you have a sump pump discharge hose attached to the pvc pipe that is exiting the house that must be removed as well. No need to worry about recycling the water back into the drain tile, once the ground completely freezes most of it will run off away from the house.
- Lastly and most importantly, if we have a winter like we did last year you need to RUN YOUR WATER. Last season the phone was ringing off the hook in regards to no water throughout the house. This was due to the extensive cold weather paired with the occasional thawing we would have then deep temperature plunge driving the frost line deeper each time. So if the same trend occurs this year before we get the snow cover, which acts like a blanket, you will need to trickle water. There is an exception! If you have a humidifier on your furnace, that is operational and you use it, you will not have to trickle water. Why? The humidifier will do the trickling for you. People on well water are more susceptible to the deeper frost lines since those lines are usually less than 5 ft. below the ground level. If you end up with no water throughout the house the usual option is to excavate and thaw the line which will cost thousands.
Follow the listed steps and save your plumbing and yourself hundreds and potentially thousands of dollars. Stay warm this winter.