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How To Protect Your Home This Winter Season From The Cold

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Article by Pearland Lifestyle Staff

Photography by Morgan Jones-Osborne

Originally published in Pearland Lifestyle

As the saying goes in Texas, "If you don't like the weather - wait 10 minutes." As we all know, our weather can be unpredictable and thanks to February of this year - seemingly more and more unprecedented. According to the Farmers Almanac, we are in for another cold winter. Our friends over at Epic Plumbing, wanted to share their tips on how to properly prepare your home this winter and hopefully save you a lot of time and money! For any additional questions, reach out to them at: 

1.       Cover External Plumbing

To prepare your outside plumbing, cover all external piping, especially anything on the north/northwest side of the house. Cover your pipes by wrapping with towels or blankets and taping them down. Then place a plastic cover (bag or tarp) over the top.  If you want extra protection, use a cardboard box over everything. 

2.       Drain Water Pipes in any vacant home

If you leave town or have a vacant home, turn water off at the water meter. Then open all faucets inside and outside of the house. By doing this, all the water will drain out. Be sure to leave all faucets open until water meter is turned back on.  Pay close attention to any possible leaks when you turn the water back on.

3.       Insulate or Cover piping in the attic

Protect all exposed piping in the attic by placing pipe insulation or rolled insulation over all the pipes. Also, block off all soffit/overhang vents under the eve to your house that go to your attic by using cardboard, plywood or plastic. Covering the soffit vents will stop the air flow to the attic.

4.       Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless Water Heaters require special attention if they are in the attic or externally mounted. If you have electricity, the tankless will protect itself. But if you lose power, then you must drain the water from the heater. See the owner’s manual for directions on how to drain your tankless water heater.

  • Todd exhibiting the layers of insulation
  • Find your main water valve
  • Wrap exposed attic pipes and cover with insulation
  • Locate and don't forget to maintenance your tankless water heater

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