How to Prep Your Plumbing for Winter


The good news is that Charlotte’s winter weather isn’t anything like it is in other parts of the country. The bad news? It still gets plenty cold enough here to wreak havoc on your plumbing if you’re not careful.

1 Call Plumbing is here when you need us – once a pipe bursts or a line freezes, a professional plumber is the right call to make. Here are some suggestions for keeping winter weather from damaging your plumbing in the first place.


First, the Faucets
You probably have at least one outdoor faucet to accommodate plant-watering. Remove the hose or any other attachment from the faucet and store it inside for wintertime. (If you need to use it during winter, just be sure to remove and drain the hose after you’re done.) Check to see if you have indoor shutoff valves leading to the outdoor spigot. If so, close them and drain all remaining water from the line.


Wrap the Pipes
Have you consistently had issues with freezing pipes in one or more spots in your home? Exposed pipes in unheated areas of the home are the most likely to freeze during winter; look in the basement and/or the crawlspace for the most obvious culprits. If you find any exposed pipes, simply insulate them yourself using heat tape and pipe insulation or call in a professional plumber to insulate them for you.


Check the Sump Pump
Does your basement have a sump pump to handle excess water? If so, winter is a particularly risky season because of constant, often torrential rains. Your sump pump should be thoroughly inspected and cleaned in its pit before the first freeze hits to ensure it’s in working order.


Know the Signs
Even if you’ve taken every precaution, know the signs of a frozen pipe. The most obvious, of course, is a faucet that won’t release any water. Other signs include a foul odor (as the blockage forces sewer odors back into your house) and actual frost on the outside of a visible pipe. It’s never a bad idea to check all the faucets in your home when you wake up during winter to ensure they’re all still flowing freely.


Leak Inspection
The absolute best thing you can do for your plumbing in Charlotte before winter is have a comprehensive leak inspection performed by a professional. At 1 Call Plumbing, our clients rely on us to inspect their pipes, their faucets, and their entire plumbing system for spots that have the potential to leak. From insulating exposed pipes to fixing slow drip-leaks, our technicians are ready to make your plumbing freeze-proof this winter.


Ready for winter in Charlotte?
1 Call Plumbing is here to help! Give our team a call today to schedule your complete home inspection and talk to a knowledgeable local plumbing expert about your home’s risks during winter.

We’re available 24/7 at 704.563.8182