Winterize and Energize: 8 Tips to Prep Your Home for the Big Chill!

Dated: January 11 2024

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As winter blankets Oklahoma, it's crucial to safeguard your home against freezing temperatures and potential plumbing issues. Here's a concise guide with practical tips tailored to our Southern climate.

1. photo showing a man's hand wrapping a copper pipe with insulationInsulate Pipes

Properly insulating your pipes is the first line of defense. Use pipe insulation to shield exposed pipes in unheated areas and prevent freezing.

2. Seal Leaks and Drafts

Combat the chill by sealing any leaks or drafts in your home. Check windows, doors, and any openings to ensure warmth stays in and cold stays out.

3. Disconnect and Drain Outdoor Hoses

Don't overlook outdoor plumbing. Disconnect and drain hoses to prevent freezing and expanding water that could damage your pipes.

4. Keep the Heat On

Maintain a consistent indoor temperature, especially if you plan to be away. Keeping the heat on helps prevent freezing in unheated areas of your home.

5. Open Cabinet Doors

For pipes beneath sinks, open cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate. This simple step can make a significant difference.

6. Let Faucets Drip

Allowing faucets to drip—almost a steady stream—during freezing temperatures helps relieve pressure in the pipes, reducing the risk of freezing.

7. Shut Off and Drain Outdoor Faucets

Before winter truly sets in, shut off and drain outdoor faucets to prevent water from freezing and causing damage.

8. Adjust Water Heater Settings

Make sure your water heater is set to a temperature that prevents freezing. Adjust settings accordingly for a cozy and worry-free winter. By following these winter plumbing tips, you'll ensure a warm and comfortable season in your Oklahoma home. Landlords: make sure your tenants have this information too in order to prevent problems in your properties.

Already Have a Burst Pipe?

Here’s a list of trusted plumbers in the Shawnee area:
  • Southeastern Plumbing (Keith Kuykendall), 405-273-3237
  • Complete Plumbing (Steve Chlouber) 405-878-6012
  • Jimmy B Quick Plumbing (James Gawf) 405-765-6545
Additional Resources
  1. Cold Weather Plumbing Tips (
  2. The Essential Guide to Winterizing Your Plumbing (
  3. How Do You Winterize Plumbing in a Vacant House? (
  4. How to Winterize Your Plumbing System and Prevent Freezing Pipes (
  5. How to Winterize Your Plumbing and Prevent Frozen Pipes (
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Steve Reese

My wife, Sharon, and I live in Shawnee, where I’ve been in the real estate industry since 1994. We’re firmly planted in our little community, where Sharon teaches special education English at Shaw....

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