Most of us neglect the small things which need to be taken care of and when disaster strikes plumbing in the depth of winter, it may be one of those things that you had reconsidered modifying in the autumn months.
There are a few suggestions for winterizing your plumbing to keep it protected from the cold winter months.
- First, look out for the shutoff valve inside your house. When you have found it, be sure to turn it off to the outdoor lines. Look for the faucet outside as it is the easiest way you can locate the hose. Remove the garden hose attached to the faucet ad place them in your garage or somewhere where the cold won’t freeze damage it. Before replacing them, check for the residual water that is accumulated into the house. Turn on the hose and let the faucet open so that it may not expand and split.
- For cabin owners it could be a huge responsibility to winterize the plumbing at their vacation houses. If you are not using the cabin be sure that the water supply is cut off from the source otherwise it will take no time to freeze the pipes and rupture them. You can use the anti-freeze plumbing solutions to pour down the drains in order to prevent your pipes from freezing and rupturing. If you are planning to use the cabin for vacation, get it winterized by checking for outdoor hose faucets and turn them off.
- If you own lawn sprinklers at home, do not considering replacing the pipes yourself. Call your company who installed the sprinkling system in your lawn for letting experienced hands do the job. If you have not taken the adequate precautions you may damage hoses, and then you may want to check with your insurance company for your coverage and policy for damages such as this and frozen or broken pipes. Broken pipes are generally covered under the standard home insurance policy if you have shown due diligence.
- For those with motorbikes, if you plan on storing the bike for more than six months as per the winter season extension, be sure to protect the pistons and cylinder rings from rusting. You can use engine oil or fogging oil inside the pistons and cylinders after removing the spark plug.
These tips are provided for information and prevention purposes only. They are general in nature, and Desjardins Insurance cannot be held liable for them. We recommend using caution and consulting an expert for comprehensive, tailored advice.
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