Winter in Texas can bring unexpected cold snaps that can pose risks to your plumbing system. At Bannister, we want to help you prepare your home or business for the cold season with these essential winter plumbing tips. Taking proactive steps now can prevent costly repairs and ensure your plumbing operates smoothly throughout the season.

Winterizing Your Plumbing System

1. Insulate Your Pipes

Even in Texas, temperatures can drop low enough to freeze your pipes. Insulate any exposed pipes in your attic, garage, and crawl spaces to protect them from freezing. Pipe insulation is an inexpensive and effective way to safeguard your plumbing.

2. Disconnect Outdoor Hoses

Before the first freeze, disconnect and store your outdoor hoses. Leaving hoses attached can cause water to back up in the faucets and pipes, leading to freezing and potential bursts. For added protection, cover outdoor faucets with insulated faucet covers.

3. Keep Your Home Warm

Maintain a consistent temperature in your home, even if you're away. Set your thermostat to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent pipes from freezing. Open cabinet doors under sinks to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.

4. Know Your Main Water Shut-Off Valve

In case of a plumbing emergency, such as a burst pipe, it's crucial to know where your main water shut-off valve is located. Shutting off the water quickly can minimize damage and save on repair costs.

5. Seal Gaps and Cracks

Inspect your home for gaps and cracks, especially around windows, doors, and where pipes enter your home. Sealing these gaps can help keep cold air out and protect your pipes from freezing temperatures.

6. Maintain Your Water Heater

Your water heater works hardest during the winter. Schedule a maintenance check with Bannister Plumbing to ensure your water heater is in optimal condition. We'll inspect and flush the unit to remove sediment buildup, improving efficiency and extending its lifespan.

7. Drip Your Faucets

During extremely cold weather, let your faucets drip slowly. Running water through the pipes, even at a trickle, can help prevent them from freezing. Focus on faucets located along exterior walls, as these are more susceptible to freezing.

Trust Bannister Plumbing for All Your Winter Plumbing Needs

Preparing your home for winter can prevent plumbing issues and keep your home or office comfortable and safe. At Bannister Plumbing & Air, we are here to help with all your winter plumbing needs, from preventive maintenance to emergency repairs. Our team of experienced technicians is ready to provide reliable service to ensure your plumbing system withstands the winter months.

Don't wait until it's too late. Contact us to schedule a winter plumbing inspection and ensure your home or office is ready for the cold weather. Trust us to keep your plumbing system in top shape all winter long!