7 steps to prepare your plumbing for winter

As you would know, Winter can often be pretty harsh on your home plumbing systems – particularly in regions where temperatures drop to single digits or, even worse, below zero. This is why it is so crucial that you make necessary preparations for your home ahead of time to ensure that your home plumbing system is well protected from the harsh, cold elements of Winter. At a loss as to where to begin? Well fret not, as experts in gas heater service in Melbourne have shared 7 steps that you can take toward preparing your plumbing for the colder months.

  1. Winterise your outside faucets

Since your outdoor faucets are directly exposed to the harsh winter elements, this is something that should be one of the first things you look into when preparing your plumbing for winter. Always disconnect and drain your water hoses, and remember to shut off the water supply to your outside spigots if your home happens to have a separate shutoff valve. You should also do the same for any outdoor kitchen faucets as should the water left in the faucet freeze, it could cause a pressure buildup that could potentially burst a pipe inside or under your home.

  1. Check on your hot water system 

There is absolutely nothing better in Winter than a warm, steamy shower to start your day off. Similarly, there is nothing worse than realising than realising that you have lost hot water and need to take an icy shower on a cold winter’s morning. Yikes! Always ensure that you have your plumber come round to check your hot water system thoroughly, including pipes, seals and thermostats.

  1. Have your furnace checked 

If your furnace decides to cark it on you in the middle of winter, then you will be in trouble.

Without a running furnace, your home will be left without sufficient heating until it is repaired, thus leaving your water pipes vulnerable to the freezing temperatures. When the water inside the pipes freezes, this causes an increase in pressure inside the pipe. When the pressure gets too high for the pipe to contain, it may rupture, so make sure your heating system is in good condition before the cold weather hits.

  1. Insulate pipes that are in unheated areas

Unfortunately, not every section of your house can have heating installed in it.

This is why you need to pay extra attention to areas in your home that are unheated, such as the Garage, Attic or Crawlspace. Add a layer of insulation to the pipes in these areas of the home by wrapping them with heat tape or foam sleeves. For even further protection, always keep the garage doors shut on extremely cold days to protect the pipes there from freezing.

  1. Pay attention to the roof 

Your Gutters and Downpipes are the plumbing system on your roof as they channel excess water off your roof and into rainwater tanks. However, if they are blocked with dirt and debris such as leaves and twigs, they will overflow and end up damaging your home, This is why cleaning out and repairing broken gutters and downpipes before the worst of winter hits is a key element to your winter preparation. Installing gutter guards is also a fantastic second line of defence for your home.

  1. Leave the cabinets open and run the water 

If it is extremely old outside, or if some rooms in your home tend to get a lot colder than others, choosing to leave the cabinet doors under sinks open will allow warm air to circulate around your pipes. Another thing you can do is to let a trickle of water run through your faucets to prevent them from freezing. This is especially helpful if you live in a mobile home or caravan, where cold air tends to circulates below the floor.

  1. Prepare for travel 

Planning on going for a winter ski trip?

Well, don’t forget about your home whilst you are away from it. Although it is tempting to turn your furnace off to save money when you are not in your home, we urge you to leave your heating system on in order to prevent pipes from bursting. What you can do to save money is shut off the main water supply and then turn on each faucet to drain the water from the pipes.


With these handy 7 steps towards preparing your plumbing for winter, you’ll ensure yourself a disaster free three months ahead.


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