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There’s a lot that goes into preparing your home for the changing seasons.  By now, for example, most people have installed their storm doors, caulked the seams around their window and door frames, and had their furnace or boiler inspected and cleaned. These are all great ways to help your family stay nice and warm this winter and reduce your energy costs, too.

Still, before you throw up the white flag indicating your surrender to the inevitability of winter, let’s first give your plumbing systems their due.  After all, pipes can freeze, crack, and gush. In that order. But there’s no reason why they should with the right amount of planning and effort.

Accordingly, we present the following tips on how to winterize your home:

Insulate

Just as your attic and walls need insulation to retain heat, plumbing pipes exposed to freezing temps also need insulation to help prevent damage. Pay special attention to pipes in crawl spaces and basements, and those on outside facing walls.

Disconnect and Drain

Now that the gardening season is over, disconnect your garden houses and sprinklers and drain them of water before storing. And don’t forget to shut off the water supply to outdoor faucets and drain any water from the pipes. For added protection, install a hose bib cover on each outdoor faucet, even those that claim to be frost free.

Inspect & Clean

Unless you have gutter guards, you’ll want to rid your gutters of leaves, sticks and anything else that could cause water to build up and freeze. That, in turn, can cause damage to your gutters and roof and even allow water to get under your roofing shingles and inside your home or attic where even more damage can occur. Also, ensure that all downspouts are flowing away from the foundation to prevent cracks and leaks that could eventually escort water into your basement.

At CT Mechanical Solutions, there’s even more we can do to help you prepare for winter while safeguarding your heating and plumbing equipment. In fact, if it’s been a year or longer since your last plumbing or heating system inspection, now’s a great time to schedule service so you can survive winter with added peace of mind. Contact us for the information or service you desire.