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WINTERIZING

Winterizing your pipes is recommended for all homes that are empty during the winter, but is especially important for buildings that will be left vacant for long periods of time.

Winterizing your pipes can help prepare your plumbing for freezing temperatures known for causing leaks and bursts in your pipes. As the water in your pipes freezes, it expands which leads to increased pressure in your pipes.

Prepare your home:

  • Shut water off at the meter – most houses shutoff gate valves, whether behind the meter or under a carpet, are notorious for malfunctioning. The meter shutoff is the most reliable.
  • Dependable Service Plumbing will hook up a compressor and blow out the lines.
  • Starting at the bottom of the house and working your way to the top, open all faucets, including hose bibs, fish/utility sinks, laundry sinks, inside and outside showers including beach showers.
  • Flush all toilets.
  • Shut off the circuit breaker to the water heater.
  • Lower the house thermostats to 55 degrees.
  • Add various amounts of non-staining anti-freeze to all the water in toilets (and a little in the tiny bit of water that remains in the tank), sinks (not in the disposal!) and all shower drains. Dependable Service Plumbing & Air will provide the required anti-freeze.

De-Winterizing Your Home

In order to properly be able to utilize your plumbing your home must be de-winterized to reverse winterizing on a house that was left vacant during the winter.

De-winterizing will restore your home to it’s normal function through undoing the protective measures needed during the colder months. The professionals at Dependable Service Plumbing & Air will do a series of tests to make sure your system is ready to return to normal use.

  • Our professionals will close off the faucets throughout your home, open the meter valve and check for any split pipes that may have suffered damage during the winter.
  • We will operate all faucets and toilets, turn on the circuit breaker to the water heater and re-set the thermostats.
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When to Winterize

With South Carolina’s constantly fluctuating weather it can seem impossible to know when to winterize your home. Luckily, with weather apps and forecasts you are able to see 10 to 15 days in advance so you can determine if winterization is needed. Scheduling your service ahead of time is crucial to ensure that the professionals at Dependable Service Plumbing & Air are able to fully protect your home.

There are several factors that determine the necessity for winterizing your home. Houses that will be left vacant for extended periods of time during the winter are strongly encouraged to winterize. Homes directly on the beach or out in the open should also factor in wind chills or prolonged cold snaps into their decision-making. Raised style beach homes with exposed exterior water pipes are especially susceptible to the harshness of winter.

Contact the professionals at Dependable Service Plumbing & Air today to schedule a service.

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“Senior technician, Joe Anderson, made plumbing repairs to an upstairs bathtub to seal leaks from flooding through kitchen ceiling downstairs. This has been an ongoing serious daily problem in this apartment since April 2015. Mr. Anderson was the first person to have a camera system with him to assess areas where water was accessing kitchen ceiling. He explained in detail what he did and what he found wrong. Water had been flowing from next door apartment whenever they used their shower for over a year now. Mr. Anderson stated he needed to get permission from apartment management office in order to proceed to correct issues in next door apartment. Management has not allowed that access yet. He also noted that a single shower curtain in the apartment next door was on the outside of that tub and felt that could be creating some of the flooding issues. Thank you Mr. Anderson for being my angel and making these repairs.” –-Lyda G.