The chill in the air is telling us that winter will soon be upon us, and it's time to start thinking about preparing your plumbing for the freezing weather. Here's how to protect your plumbing against the worst that winter can bring. Fix Your Leaky Faucets and Small Plumbing Problems A dripping faucet is one of those jobs we will get to when we have time, but we never do. Now that winter is on the way, it's time to put leaky faucets at the top of the list. Not only are leaks costing you money in wasted water, but they can also indicate faults in your plumbing that could be made worse by freezing weather. Insulate Your Pipes For Winter If you know your pipes are vulnerable to freezing, you can protect them from the cold with insulation. Beneath the sink and your exterior walls should be your main considerations. You may be able to insulate your pipes yourself using duct tape and foam, but a professional plumbing service will ensure nothing is missed. Drain and Shut Off Your Outdoor Faucets During Winter Any moisture inside your outdoor pipes can potentially freeze and cause damage. Draining all the water from the pipes and shutting off the valves will prevent damage from expanding ice. Check Your Water Heater The cold winter months mean your hot water will be putting in some overtime with all the long hot showers. Check the outside of the water heater for rust, drips, or other damage. If it's over eight years old, it's recommended to get it thoroughly checked out by a plumbing service and replaced if necessary. Get to Know Your Plumber Plumbing emergencies are not fun at any time but can be very distressing in winter when the hot water supply dries up, or the pipes are frozen. Plumbing Service Inc (PSI) is your local plumber and offers many types of plumbing services which include 24/7 emergency services - before winter sets in, give PSI a call to make sure that your plumbing is ready for winter.