During the winter months in Tyler, Texas, it is crucial to have the exterior and interior of your home, ready for freezing temperatures and any storms that come through the area.  If you prepare ahead of time, then you won’t have as many plumbing needs or emergencies during the winter.

  • Remove the garden hoses from the faucets on the outside of your house and drain them. Store the hoses after you drain them.  If you can shut off your outdoor faucets and drain them, do so.  Draining your outside faucets and protecting them with insulated bib covers will protect the rest of the plumbing in your house from freezing.
  • If you don’t know where the shut off valves are in your home, find them so that they are easily accessible during an emergency or if you leave for a vacation.
  • If you do leave your home for more than a few days, shut off the water in your home at the main shut off valve and drain the pipes by running the water until it is all out of the pipes. Doing this will help keep your pipes from freezing and prevent your pipes from bursting and causing damage while you are away from home.
  • Make sure your water heater is in excellent condition this winter. Consider having it inspected to make sure there isn’t any corrosion or rust inside of your tank water heater.  Rust can quickly eat away at a water heater and cause it to leak.  In the worst situations, a tank water heater can crack and create a large amount of costly damage as all the water in the tank will flow into your home.
  • If you have a sump pump, make sure it works well and is clean. If there are any signs of sediment, have it serviced so that it is in good working condition when it is needed.
  • Make sure to insulate your plumbing and areas of your home that aren’t heated, such as your crawlspace or garage.

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