Getting Your Backyard Plumbing Ready For Winter: What You Should Keep In Mind

When you see the leaves begin to change color and you suddenly realize that winter is right around the corner, you may begin to panic about all that you need to do to get your home ready for the transition to winter. While there are many different steps that you will need to take for general home preparations, one of the first and most important elements that you will need to focus on is the various plumbing fixtures and plumbed elements you have in your backyard.

So, as you are getting started in planning your home preparations for winter, learn some of the outdoor plumbing aspects you will need to attend to when you are doing so. Then you will be sure to include them in your plans.

Swimming Pool Repairs and Preparations

Having an in-ground pool in your backyard can bring your family so much fun, but it also means you will have some added responsibilities during the change of seasons. When winter is on the way, you should get out to your pool and take a close look at everything.

Check the filters, the edges around your pool, and the entire surface of your pool. If you have any issues such as cracks in the surface, damaged or clogged filters or the like, you will want to get these swimming pool repairs completed prior to the start of winter. Cracks of any kind can and likely will expand and become larger if they endure the winter and the contractions and expansions in the surface of the pool from changing temperatures.

Once the repairs are complete, then you can finish your preparations for winter by draining your swimming pool completely. Clean the surface of the pool as well as the filters. Turn off the pipes and the power that runs to the pool and then place a secure cover over the pool.

Deal With All Other Outdoor Plumbing Fixtures

In addition to preparing your backyard pool for winter, you will want to prepare your other faucets and fixtures outside. Unhook your garden hoses from the faucets and allow both the faucets and the hoses to drain so no water is trapped inside. Then, you can roll up and store your hoses for the winter.

The faucets will need just a bit more work than the hoses. First, find the shutoff valve for those faucets so that water will not flow into those pipes this winter. Once again, allow the faucet to drain for a day or so. Once you are sure there is no trapped water in the fixture, you can place a cap over the faucet to further prevent it from damage.

Now that you know how to get started in the process of getting your backyard plumbing ready for winter, you can begin your plans and preparations as soon as possible. You will be ready for winter before you know it. 

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