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2. Open all drain valves and taps.

Check each one off your list so that you are sure all taps are open. A closed tap could create a vacuum that will hold water inside the pipe.

Ensure all valves and taps remain open throughout winter.

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​Winter is coming – get your plumbing pipes ready!

It’s not enough to stock up on firewood and crank up the radiator; other parts of your house also need to prepare for winter, including your household plumbing, seeing as freezing temperatures can cause leaks and breaks in the home. 

See, science tells us that freezing water expands as it becomes ice. Winterising plumbing is recommended when a house will be vacant for a long period of time and no water will be running through the pipes. This process involves emptying the water heater, draining all water from the pipes and filling all fixtures with antifreeze solution.

Have a look at the following steps to effectively winterise your house’s plumbing pipes for winter.