5 Tips to Prepare Your Home Plumbing for Winter

Living in Eastern Iowa, you’re definitely familiar with a few chilly days, right?

Winter can takes its toll around here. In addition to keeping yourself warm, it’s important to spend some time winterizing pipes in your home keep them in good shape when temperatures drop.

That’s right – your home’s plumbing needs some extra attention as the seasons change. But have no fear, as the team at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing has a few tips that will definitely help.

Our team of professional plumbers is happy to offer you this step-by-step guide that will take you through the steps needed to winterize plumbing in your home. Let’s get to it!

Insulate Your Pipes

One of the first things you can do when winterizing is to purchase a thick layer of insulation that you can then wrap around your pipes. Insulating tubes are made of fiberglass or polyethylene, and can be purchased online or at a hardware store. For extra protection, wrap your home’s pipes in heat-tape before you apply the insulation to give them additional protection from cold temperatures.

Let Faucets Drip if You Know It’s Going to Be a Very Cold Night

Let your faucets drip overnight if the temperature is going to drop below freezing. When you allow your faucet to drip, you’re able to eliminate some of the pressure that builds up in your home’s pipes and as a result, pipes are less likely to burst, even if they do freeze due to cold temperatures.

Fix Outside Cracks in Your Walls

An easy way to lessen the likelihood that your home’s pipes may freeze on a particularly cold eastern Iowa night involves fixing exterior cracks in your home’s walls. This is an effective way to prevent cold air from seeping into your home and affecting the temperature of your pipes. All you have to do is locate the crack and use caulking or spray foam insulation to fill them in. It’s really that simple and easy!

Insulate Crawl Spaces, Basement Windows, & Garage Doors

Another proactive way to get your home’s pipes ready for cold temperatures is to take a close look at your home’s crawl spaces, basement windows, and garage doors. Cold air loves to seep through these open areas and make contact with your pipes. Without a proper seal, these openings can cause your pipes are to freeze – and potentially burst – if the temperature gets low enough.

Fix Leaks Now

In addition to sealing off potential gaps in garage door, crawl space and basement window insulation, here’s another quick tip to keep your home’s pipes in order. Simply open the cabinets below any sinks in your home. By keeping them open, more heat will get to the pipes, which will help prevent them from freezing during these cold months.


So there you have it – a few handy tips to help you figure out how to prepare your plumbing for winter quickly and effectively. Go through this list and ensure your home’s pipes are ready for colder winter temperatures. As always, if you’re still not quite confident when it comes to answer the question of how to winterize water pipes, please don’t hesitate to give your local Benjamin Franklin Plumbing team a call.