Tips to Winterize Your Home’s Plumbing

With temperatures plunging below zero last night I had to stop for a second to think about all the outdoor chores I had done and whether or not I turned off the hose bibs and drained them.  It’s a simple thing to do that will avoid a potential burst pipe, but it’s something that’s easily forgotten.  I spoke with our plumbing team today and they put together this great list of things to do now that the cold weather is here.


  • Water starts changing from a liquid to a solid at +4.11 C degrees (39.4 F degrees) so it does not have to be below freezing to cause damage.
  • Turn your outside hose faucets off in the home at the isolation valves.
  • Open the hose faucets outside to let the remaining water leak out and leave them open for the winter.
  • Make sure all hoses are disconnected from the hose faucets as the remaining water will freeze and expand back into the home and can cause your pipes to burst.

frozen pipe photo

  • If you have irrigation systems (automatic sprinkler system) make sure the lines are blown out by an irrigation professional
  • Frost free hose faucets should also be winterized the same as regular hose faucets.
  • Make sure that piping in vulnerable spots such as garages and outside walls stay above freezing.
  • Keep garage doors shut or insulate the piping in those areas from cold breezes.
  • If you have a sump pump, it’s a good idea to check the working order because they work harder in the winter months with the snow run off.
  • Make sure you know where your main valve is to isolate your home in case of a burst pipe and make sure it works. The Main valve in a home should be turned off and on every 6 months.

If you need plumbing repair service it is important to go with a reputable company.  Direct Energy offers a variety of plumbing protection plans for low monthly costs that will cover you for most plumbing repairs.

For more plumbing hints and tips visit Direct Energy’s Learning Centre.



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One Response to “Tips to Winterize Your Home’s Plumbing”

  1. Dave says:

    Hi Allan,

    Can you advise which article you clicked on the “Notify” and we’ll see what we can do?


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