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The Homeowner's Checklist for Winterizing Plumbing

Prepare your home for the cold season with these essential plumbing tips.

As the leaves change color and the air grows crisp, it's not just your wardrobe that needs a seasonal shift—your home plumbing requires special attention too. Winter brings a unique set of challenges for your pipes and water systems. By taking proactive steps to winterize your plumbing, you can prevent inconvenient and costly damages like frozen pipes and water leaks.

Understanding Your Plumbing Vulnerabilities

Before you start winterizing, it's crucial to understand how the cold affects your plumbing. When water inside pipes freezes, it expands, potentially causing pipes to crack or burst. The most vulnerable are outdoor pipes, as well as any plumbing in unheated interior spaces like basements, attics, and garages. Identifying these areas is the first step in effective winterization.

Outdoor Plumbing Preparation

Protecting your outdoor plumbing is essential in preventing freeze-related damage.

  1. Shut Off Outdoor Water Supply: Locate and turn off the water supply to outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.
  2. Drain Pipes and Hoses: Remove, drain, and store garden hoses. Drain any water left in outdoor pipes to prevent freezing.
  3. Insulate Faucets: Use insulating covers on outdoor faucets and hose bibs for added protection. Regular maintenance of outdoor fixtures also ensures they're in good condition to withstand the cold.

Indoor Plumbing Care

Indoor plumbing also needs attention, even in heated areas.

Insulation Strategies:

Water Heater Maintenance:

Preventative Measures

Small habits can make a big difference in preventing frozen pipes.

Emergency Preparedness

Knowing what to do in a plumbing emergency is vital.


Winterizing your plumbing might seem daunting, but with this checklist, you're well-equipped to protect your home from the cold. Regular maintenance and a bit of preparation can save you from the headaches of dealing with plumbing emergencies during the winter months.

For personalized advice or services, remember that Lujan Plumbing is just a call away. Our team of experts is ready to help you ensure your home is prepared for whatever winter throws your way.

Let Us Help!

Did the freeze already get to your pipes and you need it fixed fast? Give Lujan Plumbing a call today at 210-694-1325 and we'll help get things sorted out.