Freezing temperatures are coming to Maryland in the next few days, which means it’s time to think about winterizing your plumbing. Frozen pipes can quickly and unexpectedly explode, leaving you with a costly mess on your hands so your best bet is to prevent it before it becomes a problem. Luckily, winterizing your Maryland plumbing doesn’t have to be complicated. Learn more in today’s blog.
It’s Time to Winterize Your Plumbing in Maryland
Shut off your outdoor water
The first step to winterizing your Maryland plumbing is to shut off the water that goes to your outdoor faucet. Usually this knob is not hard to find as it is somewhere along the inside wall or ceiling parallel to your outdoor spigot. Simply shut this off before freezing temperatures hit.
Drain and disconnect your hose
You’re not done yet! Once your water is shut off, be sure to remove your hose and store it for the winter. Then open the faucet and let it drain until no more water is expelled so you know the system is empty. This is a crucial aspect of winterizing your Maryland plumbing as water that is stored inside the faucet can easily cause your spigot to burst which can quickly lead to indoor plumbing problems. If your faucet continues to drip even after you have turned off the interior shut-off valve, it means that your valve is bad so you should call your Maryland plumber to have it replaced.
What if I have a frost-free faucet?
Frost-free faucets must be disconnected from your hose before the first frost. These faucets do not always have indoor shut off valves so it is especially important to disconnect your hose so that any water trapped inside can be drained.
Your Maryland Plumber Can Help
Got plumbing problems? Give Master Plumbing & Mechanical a call at 301-650-9100 and let our experienced plumbers get the job done right.
For over 30 years, Master Plumbing & Mechanical has served the Washington, D.C. area, including Montgomery and Prince George’s county. We’ve built our reputation on recommendations from our satisfied customers.
We’ve received Angie’s List Super Service Awards for both plumbing and drain cleaning every year consecutively, going back to 2007, as well as the Best Plumber award from Best of Bethesda. Our company is fully licensed, bonded, and insured and we offer friendly, courteous service with fast response times.