Do I Need to Winterize My Home?

Insulated pipes

Winter is just around the corner, but the cold temperatures are already in effect. While the daytime temperatures won't consistently drop below freezing, the nighttime temperatures will, and colder weather impacts your home's structure and the appliances' efficiency.

Learn more about the importance of winterizing your home below.

Water Heater

Whether you have a tankless water heater or a standard tank water heater, adding insulation to the unit will be helpful in a number of ways. With an insulated water heater, you won't have to worry about heat escaping as easily, so you can lower the temperature on the thermostat and still reach your desired temperature.


So your water has been brought to the desired temperature inside of the water heater, now it has to travel from the unit, through the pipes, and to the right plumbing fixture. Depending on which location the water is traveling to, it could have quite a journey, and throughout this process, it will lose heat.

One way to preserve the heat is by insulating your pipes. Insulating the pipes will maintain the water temperature, and it will keep you from having to wait 20 minutes for the shower to be hot enough.


The more exposed your plumbing is to the outdoors, the more likely it is to freeze and potentially crack or burst. This is one reason we recommend shutting off your sprinkler system in the winter and draining the water. IF there's no water inside of the pipes, there's nothing left to freeze and break.

If you need assistance with winterizing your home's plumbing, or if you have any other plumbing questions, don't hesitate to reach out to our team of experts at Dr Rooter Plumbing. You can visit our website for more information or give us a call at (803) 398-2090.

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