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  • Writer's pictureJesse Gonzalez

Be prepared: Tips for dealing with plumbing problems in the winter

1. Protect your pipes. Insulating exposed water pipes with foam pipe insulation and heat tape can help to keep them from freezing and bursting in cold temperatures.


2. Know where you shutoff valves are located. In case of an emergency, being able to quickly locate and turn off the main water supply valve is essential for minimizing damage and avoiding costly repairs.


3. Consider installing a backflow prevention device on outdoor spigots or hose bibs so there’s no chance of winter water entering the main water supply line.


4. Keep an eye on your water bill for early signs of a problem. A sudden increase in your water bill could be an indicator of a hidden plumbing issue such as a broken pipe or a leaky valve.


5. Have all necessary tools and supplies on hand before winter sets in, including extra insulation, heat tape and pipe clamps that can help you quickly address any frozen pipe issues if they arise.

6. Inspect exposed pipes regularly for wear and tear or leaks, and take care of any problems before cold weather hits to prevent them from worsening during the winter months.

7. Have a professional plumber inspect your pipes every few years to ensure they’re in good condition and functioning properly. This will help you catch any potential problems before they become costly issues that could damage your home or property.

8. Knowing how to shut off the main water supply in an emergency is important. Make sure you know where it’s located, and practice using it so you can quickly act if needed. This can help you prevent further damage and costly repairs down the line.

Dealing with plumbing issues during winter can be a challenge, but by following the tips above you can help ensure your pipes stay in good condition and functioning properly all season long. By taking proactive steps to protect your pipes now, you can save yourself a lot of trouble and expense down the road.


When you need a Rancho Santa Margarita plumber, you can count on Rancho Heating & Air Plumbing to be there when you need us most. Give us a call today to book your appointment. We look forward to serving you!


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