The first step in preparing your home for winter is simply making sure the water is turned off and all the pipes are drained. The water heater needs to be drained as well. If your home uses well water, then the pressure tanks will need to be drained as well.
Blowing Home Plumbing Pipes
While the pipes in your home may have been drained, it’s important to also blow the pipes with compressed air. This way it ensures that no residue water is left in the pipes. Even the smallest amount of water left undetected can wreak havoc on plumbing systems if left unattended all winter. Remember when water freezes it expands 9 percent. Undetected water can expand rapidly and burst a pipe, the last thing you want when you turn the water back on in the summer.
Draining Home Appliances
Homeowners need to make sure all home appliances that use water are expertly drained. Call MN Plumbing and Home Services to make sure your refrigerator, dishwasher, water filtration system, and washing machine are all properly winterized. Toilets also need to be drained, flushed and emptied.
Final Winterization Steps
RV anti-freeze should be added to all drain-taps, toilets, and appliances for maximum winter protection. All drains and appliances will be double checked for water, as well as other unusual home items such as High Efficiency Furnaces, Boilers and Radiators.