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Reminder: Make Sure Your Outdoor Plumbing Is Winterized Properly

The holidays are coming up, which means it’s time to go outside and hang up those light decorations and prepare your home for holiday guests. In the midst of all of this, many people forget just how important it is to maintain the plumbing components of their home before it gets too cold.

We’ve written about this in weeks past, but as winter comes up, we just want to make sure that you don’t have to deal with a burst pipe or another major issue that could cause a major headache and cost you a bundle. Here’s what you should remember when it comes to winterizing the outdoor plumbing components.

Clear Rain Gutters

As snow melts from your roof, it needs somewhere to go, and it’s important that rain gutters and downspouts are clean and clear in order to prevent leaking, flooding, and roof damage.

Practice safety first by stabilizing your ladder and letting someone help you. Scoop out the debris with a scoop or some gloves and use a powerful garden hose for the rest.

Shut Off the Faucets

Winterizing the outdoor faucets is not that difficult. First, be sure to drain water from garden hoses completely and pack these away for the season. Then, shut off the water valve that leads to the outdoors. Open up the tap and wait for water to drain out completely. You can leave the faucets on for the rest of winter.

Winterize Your Sprinkler Systems

Finally, you’ll need to winterize a sprinkler system if you have one. Completely draining your sprinkler system and ensuring no water can get through keeps it from freezing and breaking in the winter. But this can be a difficult process. We recommend calling a plumber to help you with this process.

Contact VOGT Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for plumbing services in Minneapolis, MN.

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